Trump took a very big step to the nomination last night. However, I don’t think he threw the TKO punch, yet.
And I think this in spite of the disappointing nights that Big and Little Ricky had. Big Ricky needed to win Texas with an absolute majority, and win both Arkansas and Oklahoma, to remain credible. The only one of those things he did was win Oklahoma, and he even finished in third in Georgia behind Little Ricky, mainly because Atlanta metro counties went for Little Ricky. Speaking of Little Ricky, while he did win the caucuses in Minnesota, mainly because they remember the Timberwolves once had a point guard named Ricky Rubio, he needed another win somewhere else to stay credible. The closest he got to another win was Virginia, because Northern Virginia has a lot of military-industrial complex dependent Republican voters. And he showed surprising strength in urban areas, Atlanta got him to a second place finish in Georgia, and because he carried Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, he was able to finish a very strong third there, he finished closer to Trump than Trump finished to Big Ricky. But, the delegate math wasn’t kind to him last night. And while Trump won Vermont, the Mailman’s Son showed very surprising strength there, and his take in Virginia probably kept Little Ricky from winning that state. Which probably proves that the Mailman’s Son hasn’t dropped out yet because he’s trying to extract blood from Little Ricky, as they’re in the same political lane, so that Trump will give him something.
The reason I don’t think Trump landed the TKO punch is that, as I write this, Trump has 285 delegates, and all the other candidates who have won delegates have 285, with some more from yesterday’s voting to be handed out. I don’t think TKO comes for another two weeks; both Little Ricky’s Florida and the Mailman’s Son’s Ohio go that day, and both are winner-take-all, and Trump lands the TKO if he wins both.
As for the other party, HRC’s black firewall held up, for the most part. Though Bern’s win in Oklahoma was strange, because Oklahoma City and Tulsa have a lot of blacks. However, Bern not able to win neighboring Massachusetts really damaged him; I happen to think HRC winning Massachusetts was her TKO over him.