The frontrunners prevailed again as five states held primary elections for both parties on Tuesday.
Donald Trump swept all five states (CT, MD, PA, RI, DE) and Hillary Clinton won four of the five. Bernie Sanders won in Rhode Island. If you include superdelegates, yesterday’s wins give Clinton 90 percent of the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination.
Turning to the GOP, we’ve seen a slightly more subdued Donald Trump in recent weeks. He’s promised a departure from the brash image he’s tailored for himself during the campaign season, saying he’ll be “so presidential you will be so bored.” It appeared to be this version of Trump that spoke to a crowd in Washington D.C. this morning to lay out his vision for the future of U.S. foreign policy. In a departure from his off-the-cuff style of speaking,
Trump read from prepared remarks on a teleprompter, accusing past presidential administrations of lacking clear goals and not making allies pay their fair share for the help the U.S. has given. He also addressed the Islamic State, vowing to destroy them quickly and quietly when he becomes president.
What do last night’s primary results mean for the winners? What about the rest of the field? What did you think of Donald Trump’s speech on foreign policy? Did it change your thoughts on his ability to be presidential?
Lori Cox Han, political science professor at Chapman University
Christopher J. Galdieri, Assistant Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire
Jon Greenberg, staff writer for PolitiFact