By Robert A. Vella
The Democratic Party and Republican Party presidential front-runners rolled on to more victories yesterday in primary elections held in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and North Carolina. Hillary Clinton, the centrist Democratic establishment candidate, and Donald Trump, the nationalist Republican populist candidate, won or are leading in all these states except for Ohio where incumbent governor John Kasich emerged victorious. With the suspension of Marco Rubio’s campaign, triggered by a defeat in his home state of Florida, Kasich is now the GOP establishment’s last remaining candidate still running. If he continues to perform badly outside of Ohio, the GOP hopes for defeating Trump would default to the ultra-conservative ideologue Ted Cruz who – like progressive candidate Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side – is trailing the front-runner by almost 2-1.
The Sanders campaign is looking forward to the next set of primary states in the west (Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Colorado) which should be more favorable to the Vermont senator’s progressive message.
With the likelihood of a brokered convention looming, the irascible Trump is now saying that his fervent supporters will “riot” if he is denied the Republican Party nomination (see: Donald Trump Warns There Could Be Riots If He Isn’t GOP Nominee).