Published: April 28, 2016
The 2016 Presidential Election front-runners pulled further away from the competition with victories in the Pennsylvania Primary Tuesday.
Republican candidate Donald Trump earned 56.7 percent of votes while Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich finished with 21.6 and 19.4 percent, respectively. Trump gained 17 more delegates with the victory and is only 250 away from securing the nomination. Cruz needs 675 more while Kasich needs more than 1,000.
In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton earned 55.6 percent of votes while Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders finished with 43.6 percent. Clinton won 104 delegates and Sanders received 81.
Before the primary, the candidates hit the campaign trail and some stopped in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. Sanders kicked off the weekend with a town hall meeting at the Scranton Cultural Center in downtown Scranton Thursday. On Friday, Cruz led a rally at the Radisson in the afternoon and Clinton spoke to students in Dunmore later that night. Finally, Trump delivered a speech at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. John Kasich did not visit the area.
Senator Bernie Sanders was at the Scranton Cultural Center campaigning to the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. After being introduced, Sanders addressed the crowd by saying that the people are ready for a change.
“It sounds to me that Scranton is ready for a political revolution,” Sanders said.
Sanders addressed issues he believed to be most important. These issues include wealth inequality, poverty, climate change and immigration reform. He also touched on his want for businesses and companies to bring their production back to the United States in order to create more jobs. Sanders questioned why ideas such as healthcare and living wages for all people are seen as “radical.”
Senator Ted Cruz started his rally in Scranton Friday with a reflection on the state of American politics.
“Politics has two root words,” Cruz said to his 500 supporters at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton.
“Poli, meaning many, and tics- meaning bloodsucking parasites.”
This quote sums up Cruz’s main points during the evening, many of which go against the normal political grain, such as abolishing the EPA and IRS.
The rally was by far the smallest of the candidates who visited the area but his supporters were as energetic as any other supporters.
Along with his promises to fight against the political norm and restore the values of the Republican Party, Cruz addressed Pennsylvania’s stance on fracking and fossil fuel resources like shale. He also addressed the economy and made plenty of time to take shots at both his Republican and Democratic opposition.
“Do you want to know the best way to clear out a Bernie Sanders rally?” Cruz joked with his supporters. “Tell them all that they have to get jobs.”
While Cruz got plenty of support Friday, after his losses to Donald Trump in all five state primaries Tuesday night, his campaign stop in Scranton might prove to be one of his last.
Hillary Clinton opened her address to a group of hundreds at Dunmore High School by reminiscing upon her history with northeast Pennsylvania, where she spent time as a child visiting her grandparents. Clinton maintained this personal tone through most of her speech, even claiming to have gone sledding with a local she met at a restaurant.
The issues that Clinton discussed also focused particularly on the needs of the region. She spoke at length about mental health coverage and providing for the needs of those fighting heroin addictions. With regard to gun control, she appealed to “responsible gun owners,” namely local hunters, to defend common sense gun ownership laws.
Clinton addressed divisive partisan issues by announcing that she “can’t wait” to debate republicans on them. Overall, she appeared invigorated and motivated.
Donald Trump addressed more than 10,000 people packed inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, as part of his last campaign stop in the state.
Trump’s speech covered the main points that he has been covering since the beginning of his campaign, from building a wall and taking care of our veterans to “Lying Ted” and “Crooked Hillary.” Trump was also sure to discuss the natural gas and coal industry in Pennsylvania and assured the people he was going to bring both back, 100 percent.
The crowd was involved and enthusiastic throughout the duration and ranged from young children to older men. Chants of “build that wall” and “U.S.A” carried on throughout parts of the rally.
At the end of the rally, volunteers stood outside and handed out a list of delegates who supported Trump.
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