Tuesday, Presidential front runners for the Democratic and Republican candidates came away winning the largest prize, the winner take all delegate count in Arizona. Trump’s Arizona victory hands him 58 Republican delegates, which could make it harder for rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich to slow his march toward the nomination. The Arizona wins handed enough delegates to both Trump and Clinton which will have them maintain their leads in the delegate count despite victories from their primary competitors.
Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders won caucuses in Utah and Idaho and Republican Ted Cruz claimed his party’s caucuses in Utah. The victories kept Clinton and Trump from dominating another election night, but they both maintained a comfortable lead in the race for delegates that decide the presidential nominations.
Tuesday elections were cast under the pall of the ISIS lead terrorist bombings in Brussels, Belgium. All the candidates expressed sympathy for Belgium, a European partner in NATO. The remaining candidates differed on how terrorism by ISIS should be handled. “This is about not only selecting a president, but also selecting a commander in chief,” Clinton said in Seattle as she condemned Trump by name and denounced his embrace of torture and hardline rhetoric aimed at Muslims. “The last thing we need is leaders who incite more fear.” Trump, then called Clinton as “Incompetent Hillary” as he discussed her role as secretary of state. “Incompetent Hillary doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” the billionaire businessman said in an interview with Fox News. “She doesn’t have a clue.”
Voting lines in Arizona were long and at some voting polls they actually ran out of ballot. According to 9 News, NBC, “as the polls closed at 7 p.m., hundreds of voters still in line dug in for a long wait, chatting as darkness fell and playing on their cellphones. There were more than 600 voters in line at the Church of the Nazarene polling site in Maryvale. In north-central Phoenix, a three-hour-plus wait was in store for an estimated 600 to 700 voters at the Church of the Beatitudes.” Some voters reportedly had actually not been allowed to vote according to sources who said at 9 pm, they told people near the end of the lines that they were the last to vote. Other voters who turned up after that last voter were told they could not vote. Both campaigns told voters to get the names of any poll workers that turned away voters.
The advent of long voter lines has been a new development this election season as more and more voters are changing party affiliations in order vote for Donald Trump. The last time a candidate has this type of groundswell anticipation was in 2008 and the election of President Barrack Obama. If the trends continue into the national election, it could spell real trouble for presumed nominee, Hillary Clinton. The opposite is true for Democratic party. Less registered Democratic voters have turned out while the Republican Party continues to grow in voters, apparently due to the candidacy of Donald Trump/