Trump, Clinton win Delaware

DOVER – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump won the Delaware presidential primaries Tuesday.

Both won by big margins on a day that saw them perform well in other East Coast states.

Locally, the results were largely expected, particularly on the Republican side, where even opposing candidates said Mr. Trump had a tight grip on Delaware.

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Delaware’s 16 Republican delegates will go to Mr. Trump, while the 21 Democratic delegates will be divided among former Secretary of State Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Secretary Clinton will likely receive 13 delegates and Sen. Sanders eight.

The wins came as part of much larger hauls for the two candidates, who each took further steps toward their parties’ nominations.

As of 9:45 p.m., with 99 percent of results in, Mr. Trump had captured 61 percent of the votes, Ohio Gov. John Kasich notched 20 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas trailed with 16 percent.

On the Democratic side, Secretary Clinton gained 60 percent, while Sen. Sanders received 39 percent.

About 37 percent of regisered Republican voters and 30 percent of Democrats cast ballots Tuesday in Delaware.

Even as the final results were still trickling in, some backers began to turn toward the July convention and the November general election. There was still plenty of time for celebration for many, however.

Democrat Lisa Goodman, a Delaware superdelegate who said she waited to see who won the state before throwing her support in with a candidate, was confident going into Tuesday’s primary that Secretary Clinton would win.

“Bernie has turned out crowds everywhere he’s gone, but Secretary Clinton has turned out votes,” she told reporters.

Citing the 2008 Democratic primary between then Sens. Clinton and Barack Obama, Ms. Goodman expressed confidence the party will unify. She said Secretary Clinton simply needs to continue campaigning and expressing a “clear vision” to prepare for the November election.

Rob Arlett, a Sussex County councilman who is serving as chairman of Mr. Trump’s Delaware efforts, called the results thrilling. Not only did Mr. Trump win, Mr. Arlett said, but he garnered 61 percent of the vote, topping his New York total.

He believes Mr. Trump has cross-party appeal that will lead him to victory in the fall.

“He will allow people to believe in themselves and believe back in the American dream,” Mr. Arlett said.

Three Republicans candidates who have dropped out but did not submit the paperwork to officially withdraw each garnered a smattering of votes.

Democrat Roque De La Fuente, a businessman, received about 1 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Michael Fleming, chairman of Gov. Kasich’s Delaware campaign, said he was not surprised Mr. Trump did so well.

“You’re never happy with the silver medal but we came in ahead of Cruz,” he said, taking time to praise the Kasich campaign’s voter outreach and grassroots.

Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, one of the few elected officials publicly supporting Sen. Sanders, said Tuesday morning he thought the Delaware primary would be close, despite Secretary Clinton’s status as the favorite.

“There’s a statement that might be made here by the voters that they’re rejecting the status quo of the party,” said Rep. Kowalko, who has had very public disputes with top Democratic officials in Delaware.

He believes the United States needs to place greater limits on Wall Street and reduce the influence of money in politics, something he said that Sen. Sanders is be prepared to do but most Delaware Democratic leaders and elected officials are not.

Three candidates made last-minute stops in Delaware: Mr. Trump visited Harrington Friday, while Sen. Sanders and Secretary Clinton spoke in Wilmington Saturday and Monday, respectively.

Secretary Clinton has been endorsed by Gov. Jack Markell and the three members of the state’s congressional delegation, all of whom spoke Monday before the secretary herself delivered remarks.

At least seven of the state’s 10 superdelegates are supporting her.

The Delaware Republican Party will hold its state convention to select delegates to the national convention Saturday, and Democrats will do the same one week later.

Delaware’s Republican delegates are not bound beyond the first ballot, meaning if Mr. Trump fails to get the 1,237 needed to clinch the nomination, the delegates could back another candidate.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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