NEW YORK – GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump cleanly swept the “ACELA” primaries, while Democrat Hillary Clinton won four of five states on Super Tuesday.
Their victory speeches were perhaps a preview of the tone of a possible Clinton-Trump battle royale in the general elections.
“Well, I think the only card she has is the woman’s card,” said Trump. “She’s got nothing else going. And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote.”
Clinton retaliated Trump’s accusation.
“If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman’s card, then deal me in!” said Clinton.
Trump pocketed at least 142 pledged delegates Tuesday, bringing him just 249 delegates away from securing the nomination at the GOP convention, even calling himself “The Presumptive Nominee.”
“I’m winning it,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s over. These two guys cannot win. There’s no path.”
Clinton’s net gain of 54 pledged delegates brought her closer to the magic nomination number of 2,383.
“Hillary is that much closer to getting the nomination,” said Brad Baldia of Philadelphia. “It’s around 200 more points, it will be extremely hard for Sanders to be able to win now.”
Jason Benjamin Tengco, AAPI outreach director for the Clinton campaign recalled her work, as secretary of state, travelling to the Philippines and working with President Aquino.
“As our future president, she’s going to be the best candidate to address our issues,” said Tengco. “Domestic and foreign, issues like immigration, health care, education–the issues that Filipino-Americans care about.”
While Sanders showed no plans of bailing out from the Democratic race, his statement on primary elections signaled a change of tone and a turning point for the rest of his campaign.
Sanders said he is looking forward to “issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come,” and that he will take his message to the Democratic National Convention “with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform.”
Indiana’s primary is on May 3, with 83 delegates at stake for Democrats and 57 for Republicans.