Wednesday, May 4 2016 21:24 EEST
Robert Reich: Indiana's win has made Donald Trump the putative Republican nominee
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Republican and Democratic voters in Indiana went to the polls on Tuesday, May 3, to choose their presidential nominees.

According to Oregonlive Donald Trump has had another big night at the polls, winning the Indiana Republican primary by double-digits and driving Texas Sen. Ted Cruz out of the race. Cruz has officially suspended his campaign, saying he and his team "left it all on the field" in Indiana.

American political commentator, professor, and author Robert Reich shared on Facebook:

'Indiana's win has made Donald Trump the putative Republican nominee. Ted Cruz has bowed out.

Bernie Sanders’s win in Indiana doesn’t much change the delegate count in favor of Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. Quite apart from Democratic insider superdelegates, Bernie would need to beat her in California and each of the other remaining states by some 30 points to overtake her lead in pledged delegates at this point.

But here’s the thing. Bernie has now won 18 states. Most are states that have allowed independents to vote, as in Indiana. Independents make up a higher portion of the voting public (42 percent) than registered Democrats (39 percent).

Another point: The largest party in America is the party of non-voters – people who don't bother to vote in primaries and usually don’t even vote in presidential elections.

The role of independents and typical non-voters could be significant this year, given that the front runners in both parties are viewed unfavorably by more Americans than any front runners have ever been viewed at this point in presidential nominating contests. Trump is viewed unfavorably by 65 percent; Hillary Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 55 percent.

So if Bernie can pull off the almost impossible and win California and the other remaining primaries by large margins, he could well beat Trump and become the next president of the United States.

"We are going to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1%,' he said at a campaign rally in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday night.

It’s a very very long shot, but he just might.

What do you think?'

The series of presidential primary elections and caucuses is taking place between February 1 and June 14, 2016, staggered among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

The United States presidential election of 2016, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election. Voters will select presidential electors who in turn will elect a new president and vice president through the Electoral College.

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