Open Thread for the Time Being

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Hi there!

Just thought I’d stick this up until JJ gets through working her Wednesday magic!

Some things to think on:

It’s mathematically impossible for Bernie to win with pledged delegates

Here’s how it works: After winning Indiana, Sanders has 1,399 pledged delegates and superdelegates to his name, according to the Associated Press’ count. That means he needs 984 more to reach the threshold of 2,383 needed to win.

The remaining contests, however — Guam, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the District of Columbia — only have 933 pledged delegates to offer.

So even if Sanders were to win 100 percent of the pledged delegates in each of those states, he wouldn’t make it past the mark.

Hence his efforts to win over superdelegates, the party leaders and elites who can choose their candidate regardless of how their states vote. That strategy is a long shot at best for Sanders: of the 719 super delegates, Clinton leads 520 to 39.

John Kasich suspended his campaign today.Wide-open-spaces

The decision comes one day after Kasich finished a distant third in the Indiana primary. Top campaign aides had vowed that the governor would stay in the race, even after Ted Cruz, who formed an informal alliance with Kasich, suspended his campaign.

Kasich will end his run with just one primary victory, which came in his home state of Ohio. He remained in the race long after he was mathematically eliminated from clinching the GOP nomination, arguing that no candidate will earn a majoirity of the delegates ahead of the convention in Cleveland, Ohio, this summer.

He’s a gone pecan.

Kasich’s role in the rest of the 2016 race is unclear. Though he has repeatedly and unequivocally said that he was not running to be vice president, Trump on Wednesday said he would consider the Ohio governor as his running mate.

“I think John’s doing the right thing,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an excerpt of a larger interview, in discussing Kasich’s reported plan to drop out of the race later in the afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.

Here is an update on the election including Indiana results.  Again, it’s mathematically impossible for Bernie to win with pledged delegates (e.g. voters).

Popular Vote:

Hillary’s Popular Vote: 12,437,785
Trump’s Popular Vote: 10,056,690
Sanders Popular Vote: 9,301,749

Hillary has 2,078,419 or 20% more votes than Trump and 3,167,700 or 34% more votes than Sanders

Delegate Math:

Trump has 1,047 delegates – he needs 1,237 to win Republican primary or 190 more delegates

Hillary has 2,202 delegates – she needs 2,382 to win or 180 more delegates to win Dem primary

Bernie has 1,400 delegates – he needs 2,382 to win or 982 more delegates**

Hillary has 802 or 57% more delegates than Bernie

**there are only 933 more delegates to be awarded in the Dem race, so Bernie cannot win

In the 2008 Dem Primary:

By the time Indiana voted (Calif had already voted on Super Tues) Hillary had 1,789 delegates and Obama had 2,072. Obama had 283 more delegates or 16% more than Hillary.

Obama had 16,928,142 popular vote and Hillary had 16,697,380 popular vote, 230,762 or 1% difference.

Obama went to the convention with 2,158 delegates, not the 2,382 needed to win. Hillary did not contest the convention, she nominated him and gave her delegates to him.

Hillary WILL HAVE 2,382 delegates BEFORE the convention; therefore Bernie cannot contest it. Yes, this includes super delegates (just like Obama’s did) – and even though they can change their mind, there is no compelling reason to do so when Bernie does not have the votes or delegates to contest it.

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Hillary is outpolling Trump by Double Digits for the General.  Although my basic argument for her beating his ass badly is demographics. There aren’t enough angry, christian white people out there in states with a large contribution to the electoral college to bring him to the White House.  It’s the same demographics that are troubling His Loserness Bernie Sanders. America is a gumbo pot.  The days of nothing but straight up and bland Yankee Stew are over.

Talk amongst yourselves!!!

Next few caucuses will occur in white outback states so be prepared for the BernieBot Swan Songs!!!