Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a lot working in her favor to secure a victory in the North Carolina Democratic primary elections against Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.
She enjoyed a comfortable lead over Sanders with 54.59 percent of the vote — which earned her 59 delegates in comparison to Sanders’ 45.
Steven Greene, a political science professor at N.C. State University, said he expects the state to vote blue in the November elections with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.
Trump narrowly defeated Ted Cruz in the primary with 40.24 percent, with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at 36.77 percent. The second-place finish allotted Trump and Cruz 29 and 27 delegates, respectively.
If Trump does not reach 1,237 delegates by the party’s convention, delegates are not bound to their state’s primary results — meaning they could select another candidate or someone outside the race.
Susan Roberts, a political science professor at Davidson College, called the Tuesday primaries “elimination day” for the candidates. And after a loss in his home state of Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suspended his campaign.
The gubernatorial race left few surprises, as N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory swept his primary opponents, and current N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper won 68.76 percent of the vote for the Democrats.