The Election Rollercoaster: Where’s it going to stop next?

The 2016 presidential primary has certainly been anything but routine. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton lost seven of the last eight. The last one, on April 9, 2016, things ended poorly in Wyoming where Clinton once again lost to Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders, a self proclaimed Democratic-Socialist who joined the Democratic party just to be a presidential candidate, is certainly giving Hillary Clinton a lot of heartache and some night time heartburn with his persistence. Even though Clinton seems to be a sure thing and an establishment favorite, the will of the people seems to be defying what the political establishment thinks America wants or needs. As of April 17th, Clinton now has 1,758 delegates and Sanders is behind with 1,076 delegates.

The Republican primaries have been just as unpredictable. The two leading Republican candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are both non-establishment candidates in the top positions. Donald Trump, who is still the leader in delegates, seems to be losing steam. The week of March 28th was a bad week for Trump due to his comments on issues including women, abortion, and NATO. The other candidate, Ted Cruz, has been gaining ground and soundly beat Trump in Wisconsin gaining all of the 57 delegates. Ted Cruz also won Wyoming, securing another 14 delegates. John Kasich, the only other Republican left, is currently very far behind. As of April 17th, Donald Trump now has 744 delegates, Ted Cruz has 559 delegates, and John Kasich has 144 delegates.

With New York as the next primary state vote on April 19th, all of the candidates have been here promoting themselves. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both New York natives and are projected to win. Bernie Sanders, also a New York/Brooklyn raised native who moved to Vermont later in life, constantly seems to be able to pull rabbits out of his magic hat so who knows what will happen. If Donald Trump manages to maintain his composure, he should also win especially after Cruz’s disparaging remarks about “New York values” earlier in the campaign. This is the first time in many years that New York is a significant component of the presidential primary race. The candidates are usually solidified in their leads by the time the New York primary rolls around.

What seems to be clear is that America has become more polarized (more on the left and right), or that maybe the majority is still silently waiting for the vocal minority to lose its steam. People seem to be tired of old establishment politics. Let’s see what New York has to offer. Which of the candidates will be singing the song “New York, New York?” Stay tuned.