Two more primaries down and many more to go. For the GOP, the South Carolina Primaries went both according to plan and not-so according to plan, with Donald Trump predictably carrying the state while Marco Rubio shockingly topped Ted Cruz in a state built for the latter to win. For the Democrats, the Nevada primaries served as a launching point for Hillary Clinton, which dealt rival Bernie Sanders a huge blow in a state that was set up for him to win. So now with both of those primaries in the books, here are three things we can take away from them going forward.
Donald Trump May Not Be Stopped
We were all predicting Donald Trump’s doom after he lost a stunning Iowa caucus to Ted Cruz. But over the past two primaries, we were reminded as to why Iowa has grown to be irrelevant in recent presidential contests.
Trump re-established his stranglehold on the GOP race with comfortable wins in New Hampshire and South Carolina, and as it stands now, there may not be anybody that can stop him from getting the GOP nomination in Cleveland, which, for the beleaguered GOP establishment, would be an utter nightmare.
But does Trump care? No, he doesn’t.
He is enjoying destroying everything the GOP has tried to build for the past eight years.
Marco Rubio: The GOP Establishment’s Last Hope?
Trump winning South Carolina was not a shock, as it was his state to lose. But what was shocking on Feb. 20 was that Marco Rubio finished second ahead of Ted Cruz. South Carolina is a deeply conservative state, and though Donald was going to claim it, Cruz seemingly had an easy route to a second place finish to keep the heat on Trump.
But more South Carolinians were backing Rubio’s message, and at the end of the day, he has set himself up to be Trump’s main competitor, and with Jeb Bush gone from the race, he is the establishment’s last hope to “dump Trump.”
Could Rubio pull off the impossible? Yes, he could if he is able to get victories in Nevada and Tennessee. But is it a likelihood that he can do it? No, it’s not.
Hillary Clinton Nearly Sealed the Democratic Nomination in Nevada
For Bernie Sanders to have any chance of upsetting Clinton, he needed to get a win in Nevada, a state that is not really too fond of Hillary. But when Clinton claimed victory out West, she nearly put a nail in the coffin in Sanders bid for the White House.
No other state is going to go for the message Bernie is preaching. His plan is more akin to socialism, which a little bit is good, but too much can be toxic; and while it has won the hearts of younger voters, the older Democratic ballot casters are not warming to the message, and this is the segment Clinton is focusing on to get her across the finish line.
There is still time for Sanders, but it’s running out, quickly. I just can’t see him bouncing back from this loss.