Live Blog: The Northeast brings it home!


bed0962d2c9dc131be63eda8b899ea2bGood Evening!

These are the states that are voting today in the 2016 Presidential Primaries!  Here are the number of Democratic Delegates up for grabs as well as the expected poll closing times.

Maryland · 95 delegates
Delaware · 21 delegates
Connecticut · 55 delegates
Pennsylvania · 189 delegate
Rhode Island · 24 delegates

Last poll closes at 8:00 PM ET for all 5 states

Here’s some of the things to consider when watching the returns. The first most important thing is will the front runners close the deal?  Polls show both Clinton and Trump ahead in these states.

A sense of inevitability is growing around both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns, and they could easily build on that momentum this Tuesday. Democratic and Republican voters will cast their primary ballots in five states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island — where the respective front-runners hold solid leads.

In delegate-rich Pennsylvania, Trump has a 13-point lead over his closest competitor Ted Cruz, while Clinton has a seven-point lead over Bernie Sanders, according to a CBS News Battleground Tracker survey released Sunday. All told, there are 556 delegates at stake –172 for Republicans and 384 for Democrats.

Will the leaders sweep the five states?    Politico has listed some of the key counties for each of the candidates.  Of course, we’re interested in Pennsylvania with its huge swath of delegates.  The state’s urban areas will influence the overall vote which means that Hillary’s minority support is crucial.37ea30cfda7fefa750424a82ab54bbea


Allegheny County: Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh and the immediate suburbs, holds more GOP voters than any other county in the state.

Pennsylvania’s “loophole primary” makes the focus on specific districts for Republicans trickier, but Allegheny is still a key battleground. Kasich was born and raised in the county, in McKees Rocks. Trump visited Pittsburgh earlier this month.

The county includes all or part of three different congressional districts: the 12th, 14th and 18th.

On the Democratic side, Allegheny is battleground territory: Clinton won it by almost nine points in 2008. A similar performance there on Tuesday could close the door on Sanders’ underdog bid at a statewide victory.

Lackawanna County: This is Clinton territory: She won Lackawanna by a yawning margin in 2008, 74 percent to 26 percent.

Clinton claims Scranton roots that served her well eight years ago. And it’s no surprise one of her closing events in the state was in Dunmore, just outside Scranton, last Friday. (Her husband held an event earlier this month at Scranton High School.)

These are mostly white voters who stuck with Clinton eight years ago. The question is whether they will still serve as a firewall for her on Tuesday, or jump to Sanders, as a number of white Democrats have in other states.

Philadelphia: Clinton managed to win statewide eight years ago despite losing Philadelphia by nearly a two-to-one margin, 65 percent to 35 percent.

This time around, the African-American base in Philadelphia should be strong for Clinton. But the city is also a big college town, and enhanced youth turnout could help Sanders.

Clinton has the backing of former Mayor Michael Nutter — who backed her over Obama in 2008 — and also from longtime supporter Ed Rendell, another former Philadelphia mayor and former two-term governor, who will be under pressure to reinstate his turnout machine to help the former secretary of state.

Here’s the ratfucking meme of the day–likely pushed by BernieBr0s–that simply isn’t (1)

Here’s a contender for weird/fake endorsement of the day: A Grand Dragon of the California branch of the KKK allegedly told Vocativ, an organization “at the nexus of media and technology,” that it is endorsing Hillary Clinton. “She is friends with the Klan,” said Will Quigg, citing as evidence her friendship with Bobby Byrd, the long-time United States senator from West Virginia who was in the KKK as a young man. Quigg also claimed the organization had raised $20,000 in anonymous donations for the Clinton campaign.

This is fairly obviously B.S. The Clinton campaign denies it has received nearly that much money in anonymous funds, and the Vocativ reporter even noted that he factchecked and verified the campaign’s claim using F.E.C. filings. But hey! A Klansman said the name “Hillary Clinton” with a gleeful smile on his face, so take that for what it’s worth, which is probably roughly nothing.

Some how, I can’t see the Klan supporting the candidate that has the overwhelming support of black voters, can you?

Grab your popcorn and let’s watch Hillary win some more on her way to the White House!!!

298 Comments on “Live Blog: The Northeast brings it home!”

  1. Jslat says:

    Exit poll demographics looking good for Hillary! Fingers crossed for YUGE wins!

  2. Jslat says:

    Have my HRC iced tea in hand, pass the popcorn please!

  3. Jslat says:

    First results in 5 minutes

  4. Fannie says:

    Good news for now, Murphy is home. Remove 40 cc fluid, and he had a built up of tissue, but the xrays didn’t show bone tumor, just hard tissue. So we have him on anti-inflammatory meds, and sleeping meds so he doesn’t thrash about. He was having trembles due to deep REM. All in all, I am still not so sure, but we can’t afford to send him to Boise, with specialist and cost for extensive scans, and full testing. It was expensive enough, and we really got creamed with taxes this year. But we wanted to see what happens in the next few days or week before we make a decision. Happy he is home, and after a few days, take him on a walk, well just take it from there.

    Bring on the Vote. Hillary Yay..

  5. Jslat says:

    Wolf-might be able to call some races at top of hour.

  6. Jslat says:

    Polls closed!

  7. Jslat says:

    Hillary winner in Maryland!!!!

  8. dakinikat says:

    Trump wins significantly in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Maryland

    Clinton wins Maryland significantly.

    • Fannie says:

      Strange to hear the exit polls in Pa. showing Trump winning twice as many evangelicals than Cruz did. I guess the more they hear Cruz talk, the more they can’t stand him.

  9. bostonboomer says:


    • Pat Johnson says:

      OMG! Funny but scary at the same time.

    • NW Luna says:

      I’d be worried big time!

      But maybe Trump would want to lead, since he’ thinks he’s “good at war.” Send him to the front lines and he might solve the whole Trump problem once and for all.

  10. Riverbird says:

    I’m happy to be here with you all.

  11. bostonboomer says:

    OMG! MSNBC has Hugh Hewitt on. I switched to CNN.

  12. bostonboomer says:

    Bernie speaking already.

  13. dakinikat says:

    Sanders speaking now and all he can do is talk polls for general over Trump. Idiot. No one has attacked him yet and he has big negatives.

  14. bostonboomer says:

    Looking good for Hillary in CT.

  15. Fannie says:

    Most important states for Hillary: Pa., Ct. and Md. She’s got Md., let’s keep our fingers crossed, maybe all of them.

    • bostonboomer says:

      CT doesn’t have that many delegates and if it’s close she won’t gain much. MD and PA are the big ones. Al Giordano predicted she would gain about 42 delegates on her lead.

      • Fannie says:

        Since 1 Apr she has 47 super delegates, and Bernie has only picked up 8 super delegates. There is no path for Bernie.

  16. dakinikat says:

    Rhode Island called for Trump with Kasich second.

  17. Fannie says:

    R I, did the same damn thing Az. did, close down 70% of the voting polls. Ashols.

    • That is horrible, and people should file complaints as it is always in the poor neighborhoods where people don’t have access to transportation.

      • Fannie says:

        Yeah, Bernie gets up there talking about the poor, you would have thought he could have gotten 100 buses in to take the poor to the polls. Do something to help democrats, and help Hillary get elected.

  18. roofingbird says:

    I have hardly any signal to interact, but I’m here. Thanks for all your efforts!

  19. bostonboomer says:


    Interesting. He predicted CT would be close and Hillary would only gain 1 delegate. But looks like PA win will be bigger than expected for Hillary.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I think if Bernie thought he would win CT, he would have waited to give his speech.

      • NW Luna says:

        He’s given his primary-night speech already? Maybe he wants to make sure he gets the air time. Then he’ll go off hunting for caucus states.

  20. Jslat says:

    MSNBC calls Delaware for Hillary!

  21. dakinikat says:

    Delaware called for Hillary and Trump.

    Sweep of Five for Trump.

  22. Fannie says:

    Cruz isn’t even coming in second tonight.

  23. bostonboomer says:

    Delaware goes to Clinton, per NBC.

  24. Ron4Hills says:

    I watched the 1992 Clinton v Bush Race for the White House. Fantastic stuff. Thanks for the tip you guys.

  25. Pat Johnson says:

    I am getting antsy.

  26. NW Luna says:

    In exit polling on the Democratic side, Ben Jacobs flags a dynamic in Maryland we haven’t seen much of nationally: more Democratic voters told exit pollsters they were inspired by Clinton than Sanders.

    Her supporters have known it all along!

  27. NW Luna says:

    Devine’s fighting hard to keep his $800,000/month paycheck.

    But in an interview with the New York Times published this afternoon, top Sanders strategist Tad Devine said that just such a “reassessment” would be under way if Hillary Clinton performed well tonight.

    “If we are sitting here and there’s no sort of mathematical way to do it, we will be upfront about that,” Devine told the Times, continuing:

    If we have a really good day, we are going to continue to talk about winning most of the pledged delegates because we will be on a path toward it. If we don’t get enough today to make it clear that we can do it by the end, it’s going to be hard to talk about it. That’s not going to be a credible path. Instead, we will talk about what we intend to do between now and the end and how we can get there.

    We may decide we have to pick up some more delegates in some of these caucus states. Maybe we have to get some more people on the ground between now and the state conventions some place because we are not going to win as many as we thought we were going to win in primaries. But we have got to make up the difference elsewhere — that’s the reassessment.

  28. Jslat says:

    Pennsylvania for Hillary! Crowd cheers! Go Hillary!

  29. Fannie says:

    Yay, Pa………Cheers.

  30. bostonboomer says:

    CNN calls PA for Hillary!!

  31. roofingbird says:

    Wapo has RI at 17.8% with Sanders 58.7% vs Clinton 39.7%

  32. Pat Johnson says:

    I’m watching CNN because I like how John King does,the delegate board.

  33. Ron4Hills says:

    CT still in range. RI may not go Hills tonight. But still, big night for our girl!!!!

    I hope that isn’t sexist. I can honestly say if we were talking about Bill I would absolutely call him our boy!!!

  34. RalphB says:

    BenchmarkPolitics has called CT for Hillary…

  35. Pat Johnson says:

    Has Hartford completed their count?

  36. Fannie says:

    At this point, Hillary has more votes than Trump in all the states.

  37. Pat Johnson says:

    Will Kasich call it a “win” by coming in a far behind second? He is such a moron.

  38. bostonboomer says:

    NYT called PA for Hillary so AP must have called it.

  39. Jslat says:

    Hillary speaks! Yes!

  40. Pat Johnson says:

    I need my box of Kleenex.

  41. Jslat says:

    I hear another part of that glass ceiling cracking!!!! Love that woman!

  42. dakinikat says:

    They broke into her speech to give the dread pirate Bernie RI.

    • jackyt says:

      RI is an open primary, isn’t it? I’d like to know how Dems voted as opposed to Indies.

  43. roofingbird says:

    Wapo agrees, the RI win is to Sanders, at 49.3% reporting.

  44. Pat Johnson says:

    I am eating my way through a bag of Kitkats.

  45. MsMass says:

    Wow, big wins in PA,MD,DE!!
    And hear Hillary being gracious to Sanders folks. So classy.

  46. Pat Johnson says:

    What an extraordinary woman!

  47. bostonboomer says:

    I’m turning to MSNBC to see if Rachel bursts into tears.

  48. Pat Johnson says:

    Hartford and New Haven have yet to be counted.

    • roofingbird says:

      Wapo says Hartford Co is 41.2% reporting and Clinton is ahead 53.4% to Sanders 44.7%. New Have is competitive at 31.4% reporting with Clinton 49.8% to Sanders 48.6%.

  49. Fannie says:

    I noticed Sen. Bob Casey up on stage with Hillary. I heard he’s on her VP list. You know it feels so good to see her up there, and thinking about the Convention, and thinking about bringing the Party together.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I can’t see Hillary choosing a VP who is anti-choice like Casey.

      • roofingbird says:

        Yeah, that would not help bring in Bernie’s folks.

      • Fannie says:

        I hear you, maybe he is on the long long list………but he was up there on stage, and I thought I heard that, I could be wrong.

      • Ali B says:

        Just reading this today…Wed. A big NO for Casey. Not only anti-choice but was such a big EARLY supporter of Obama and, even tho PA went very big for Hillary in 08, he and his kind were very instrumental in trying to erase her as the force she was. I can not stand him. I am from PA too. One of the “boys”, if you ask me. His office is for xxxx too. They never answer the phone. His voice on the answering machine thing can send me up a wall.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      He’s anti choice, that won’t work.

  50. bostonboomer says:

    John King says Hillary can still win CT because the cities where she is way ahead still have lots of votes to be counted.

  51. roofingbird says:

    Wow, MD is only 10% reporting and Clinton has it by 66.6% in all but 2 as yet to report counties.

  52. Pat Johnson says:

    How anyone with an IQ above 80 can vote for Trump is beyond me. The man is a,disaster!

  53. RalphB says:

    Looks like more states get to join the Deep South tomight.

  54. bostonboomer says:

    For Pat:


    • Pat Johnson says:

      You know I will never be satisfied until I see Bernie waiting for Amtrak to haul his butt back to By.

  55. Jslat says:

    I am just in awe. Hillary is just as gracious in winning as she was in losing in 2008. She really offered such respect to the Bern. Let’s hope he appreciates it.

  56. ANonOMouse says:

    If you look at this link you can see why Hillary can win CT. The population centers that are going big for Hillary are still reporting votes. She has a GREAT chance of winning CT.

  57. bostonboomer says:


  58. Pat Johnson says:

    Oh God, Chris Christie.

  59. NW Luna says:

    Clinton wants future ‘where love trumps hate’

    A big cheer line out of Clinton, attacking Trump:

    The other day, Donald Trump accused me of playing the woman card. Well if playing the woman card means fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave, then deal me in!

    — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton)
    April 27, 2016

    I’ve got that sticker on order!

  60. bostonboomer says:

    Christie has that look on his face again like “WTF is this idiot talking about?”

  61. vger says:

    Nothing in yet from Newtown.

  62. RalphB says:

    Hillary will probably gain more delegates from MD than she did from NY. The win is gonna be that huge.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      She kicked his butt in MD and it looks like she’ll widen her win margin in PA. This is a great night for her.

  63. Jslat says:

    I am shaking. The first woman presidential nominee. I cry tears of joy. Hillary2016.

    • Fannie says:

      The woman who did it in 2016. Hillary Rodham Clinton, we’ll remember this forever. Here I am living in Idaho, and here with the skydancers!

    • NW Luna says:

      I too get teary at times. Yes, this is a huge change for women and for America. I’ve wanted this so badly, along with all the rest of you, my friends, and now it’s almost here!
      Truly revolutionary.

  64. Pat Johnson says:

    Trump is the most obnoxious person alive. STFU!!

  65. RalphB says:

    Now I’m looking to West Virginia.

  66. ANonOMouse says:


  67. Pat Johnson says:

    I have never seen anyone as so in love with himself than Trump.

    And I thought I had mercifully seen the last of Christies wife and that foolish grin and there she is up front.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      He is a blowhard, and he’s TERRIFIED of HILLARY because she will KICK HIS ASS!!!

  68. ANonOMouse says:

    77% of the vote in CT Hillary leads by 4600 votes

    • Pat Johnson says:

      She is pulling ahead of him in CT.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        She’s going to win in CT. We’ll take 4 out of 5 any day of the week and the way she’s kicking his ass in MD, DE and PA, she’ll walk away with a lions share of the delegates tonight. Bernie better get busy deciding how he wants to safely land his plane before it crashes.

  69. Pat Johnson says:

    Those poor slobs having to stand there and listen to this blowhard repeat himself over and over.

  70. roofingbird says:

    Wapo say Clinton won CT at 79.9% reporting!

  71. bostonboomer says:

    NBC calls CT for Hillary!

  72. ANonOMouse says:

    Fairfield county, CT (Newtown) Went big for Hillary 59-40

  73. Jslat says:

    CNN calls CT for Hillary!

  74. ANonOMouse says:

  75. ANonOMouse says:

    I just did the math……and my math is much superior to bern’s. It looks like she is going to come of this with a net gain of 75-80 delegates. You better land that plane Sanders before it crashes and “berns”

  76. roofingbird says:

    She is rising. Must watch out for each other. Does anyone else worry?

    • NW Luna says:

      Oh yeah. Nightmares from 2008. …

      We do what we can, and try not to give energy to thoughts of what-if, other than to prepare rationally. Still, I won’t truly quit holding my breath until November results are in.

      Remember, there are at least 18 million of us waiting from 8 years ago, and now more are joining us all the time!

    • Valhalla says:

      I have nagging doubts from 2008 too. It’s impossible not to, that whole time was so traumatic. But what I comfort myself with is that unlike then, there is no way on earth any big number of SDs are going to go for Bernie. Purely based on their own self-interest, which we can count on, it’s never gonna happen. In 2008, most of the SDs switched because they saw Obama as the big money train for them, and they thought they could surf off his popularity. Bernie has no money for them, no Party support, and no coattails.

      Anyway, for tonight banish the spectres of ’08 and celebrate! She’s put Bernie away and looks to kick Trump’s ass!

  77. Ron4Hills says:

    What happened to Bernie’s Bromentum? Bah! Pack it in dude.

    • NW Luna says:

      Heh. He’s planning how he can be a wet blanket at the Convention. I think the bouncers should handle him.

  78. bostonboomer says:


  79. ANonOMouse says:

    My quick, super flash, mathematical calculation had Hillary now leading berner by 350 delegates, give or take a few. Somebody flip him over he’s done!!!!!

  80. bostonboomer says:

    Dudebro bingo!


  81. ANonOMouse says:

    Donald Trump couldn’t help but let his fear of Hillary leak out in his rambling speech tonight. Whatever shall the GOP/TP and Donald Trump do? They’ve finally encountered their worst nightmare.

  82. ANonOMouse says:

    Know that Donald Trump can’t beat Hillary, the GOP is in full panic mode tonight. John Boehner contacted Paul Ryan and they’re sending in the Magic Monkey to see if they can stop Hillary

  83. babama says:

    Love and Kindness won tonight. It feels good. Big exhale. Enjoy tonight and keep going tomorrow. Thank you Hillary, you are advancing the hopes of women all round our world!

  84. Jslat says:

    Katie McGinty beat the guys for PA Democratic Senate nomination.

  85. Jslat says:

    MSNBC estimates Hillary has 2117 to 1330 for Bern.

  86. Jslat says:

    Gnite all. What a great time! Hillary 2016 POTUS.

    • What a spectacular night. I’m so happy to see how it all played out. Y’all are the best. Thank you for blogging the night’s results. We are almost home. 😉

  87. MsMass says:

    Did you all hear about Trump telling Sanders to run as an independent? Reminds me of Ross Perot diluting the vote and, I believe, helping Bill Clinton win. Only this time it would be helping Trump, who otherwise would be getting creamed by Hillary. Sanders better think long and hard about NOT doing it.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I’m sure there’s a part of Bernie that would like to do that, but there’s likely another part of Bernie that understands that: A) He could never win. B) He would throw the presidency to Donald Trump. And C) He would become a political Pariah, to be seen forever as the narcissist that threw our country to the wolves.

    • dakinikat says:

      Can’t really happen. Most states have sire loser laws and it’s way too late to get on some ballots.

  88. janicen says:

    I. SHIT. YOU. NOT. This is the first line in the NYT article about last night’s primary elections:

    Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton were each looking for convincing romps. He pulled it off. She fell slightly short.

  89. Jslat says:

    We’ll have her back. And there are millions of us! Loved this on Blue Nation:

  90. Ron4Hills says:

    Have you guys seen this?

    WTF is wrong with people?

    The country is in denial about sexism. Period.

  91. Jslat says:

    NPR article gives nod to Hillary’s historic achievement with history of women running for POTUS and VPOTUS.

    • Ron4Hills says:

      I do love me some Shirley Chisolm. I always felt that Ferraro deserved better than to be Fritz Mondale’s sacrificial lamb, but still what she did was very important. I had never heard of Victoria Woodhull and I consider myself both a history buff and a feminist (if there is a special term for feminist dudes, let me know ….). Thanks for the link. That was great.

  92. madamab says:

    Hey Skydancers – what a wonderful night for us all. Can’t wait for Hillary to start dismantling that orange baboon without the distraction of Bernie’s nasty divisiveness. 8 years of Hillary as President…a dream come true for everyone who wants to right the wrongs the Republicans have wrought over the past several decades.

    • Jslat says:

      I am done with the Bern. He is, at his worst, a petulant, cranky, egotistical, finger waving old man. I am officially pivoting toward the Drumf. He is a BULLY, a crass caraciture of a self-important blowhard with stubby fingers delivering outrageous tweets to his own misogny, a dangerous and disgusting fake.

    • dakinikat says:

      Great to see you! Can you believe we’re all still standing and with Hillary.