Rhode Island shuttered its doors on Tuesday to the notion that it was “Clinton Country,” with voters handing U.S.Senator Bernie Sanders a huge victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the state’s presidential primary.
Despite having the entire Rhode Island Congressional delegation in her corner, as well as unbiased support from the state’s freshman governor, Gina Raimondo, Clinton was unable to persuade Rhode Island Democrats to head to the polls and deliver her assumed delegates.
“I am proud that we were able to win a resounding victory tonight in Rhode Island, the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome.” – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, April 26, 2016
Sanders, who commands the stage among voters age 18 – 34, along with the nation’s growing Independent and unaffiliated voters, acknowledged that Democrats alone are not going to win the White House. Media underpinnings continued to paint Sanders’ wins as a cipher, viewed in terms of importance in the ultimate party nomination.
“Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats,” Sanders said in a release on Tuesday evening. “I am proud of my campaign’s record in that regard.”
Party pundits, hung up on the idea of a Democratic party united, seemed intent on having the Vermont senator deliver his voter base to Clinton. DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz who unabashedly supports the former First Lady, told Fox News, America’s Newsroom that there wouldn’t be a contested convention.
“I think it is important to be careful that when at the end of the primary process when we have a presumptive nominee, that we’re able to easily reunify,” Wasserman Schultz said.
The presumption in the Chair’s thought processes being that Sanders Independent and Democratic supporters, including those who have been left out of the process by closed primaries, voter purging, suppression and politicking in terms of delegates and super delegates, will fall in line with party wishes.
Clinton, on Tuesday won four states, taking Maryland and Delaware by wide margins. According to exit polling, she garnered the black vote in Connecticut (69), Maryland (75) and Pennsylvania (70) with 70 plus percent of the demographic. In party affiliation, Clinton took the Democratic vote in Connecticut with 60 percent of voters, Maryland at 69 and Pennsylvania at 62 percent.
Independent voters overwhelmingly supported Sanders in Connecticut at 74 percent, Maryland 54 percent and Pennsylvania at 72 percent.
Republican candidate and New York real estate mogul, Donald Trump, swept all five states for the GOP, notching 40 point leads over challenger Ohio Gov. John Kasich and knocking Texas Sen. Ted Cruz down to third place in 4 out of 5 primaries.
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on April 27, 2016.