The race of the candidates in the primaries 2016 continues. In the Democratic field, the billionaire Bernie Sanders – rival of the former first lady Hillary Clinton – has won in the Democratic caucus of the state of Maine, the last northeastern state of the federation. Senator of the neighboring state of Vermont has obtained 64% of votes, which gave him 16 delegates against Clinton’s 10. Whereas former Secretary of State has obtained 36% of votes, thus lagging far behind her opponent yet in another caucus.
This stage of the elections has crowned the 75-year-old tycoon who has won in Kansas, Nebraska, and Maine. Senator of Vermont has gained positions in the delegate count – the decisive parameter for the nomination – where Hillary Clinton is still ahead. Nonetheless, the widespread support for Sanders’ candidacy in the Democratic field receive confirmation. After the draw in Iowa and the narrow defeat in Nevada during the Super Saturday, Sanders has basically won in all of the democratic caucuses, party meetings where militants have greater power than in the primaries.
In the Republican field, which is dominated by Donald Trump, Marco Rubio has obtained a close victory in Puerto Rico’s Republican primary. Florida’s Senator of Cuban origin has obtained 73% of votes, exceeding thus the 50% threshold, and wining all the 23 delegates assigned by the Puerto Rico’s primary. Donald Trump has obtained only 13%, 6 percentage points ahead of Ted Cruz. Florida’s Senator success is significant and absolutely necessary to his campaign, despite the fact that politically speaking, it is a less important victory than one obtained in an American state. Out of the 17 states where vote has been already held, Marco Rubio has won only in Minnesota and he is fairly behind in delegate count (151 against Donald Trump’s 384 and Ted Cruz’s 300). So far, the latter is the only “anti-Trump” of the Grand Old Party.