Battle for Delaware's delegates to contend with potential thunderstorms
Both Democrats and Republicans vote in their respective primaries today – marking one of the most consequential roles Delaware has played in a presidential election in recent memory.
It's a race against time, though, as the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, calling for potentially damaging wind and hail through 9 p.m. Tuesday night, possibly driving away voters.
A steady stream of people strolled into the Dover Elks Lodge off of Route 15 Tuesday morning.
Carl Kennard says he chose Hillary Clinton on his ballot because her views most closely aligned with his own.
“I think she has not only the background and the experience, but the policies that she’s set forth, as far as her agenda, fits with how I feel about things,” Kennard said.
Clinton currently holds a tremendous delegate lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, though Kennard says he would vote for Sanders should he somehow become the Democratic Party’s nominee.
Both she and Sanders campaigned in Delaware over the past few days, with Republican front-runner Donald Trump also making an appearance in Harrington Friday.
The GOP’s 16 delegates seem to be the most coveted, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich attempting to block Donald Trump from winning the nomination on the first ballot.
A recent poll put Trump 37 points ahead of Kasich in the First State, though, and James Skwares Sr. says he cast his vote for the New York developer.
Skwares says the business of government should be run by a corporate executive, who he feels would be able to cut deals with Congress.
“He was a strong negotiator in the real estate business up in New York and that’s a tremendous financial center with some great minds, so he had to be a great mind to overcome them.”
Trump’s big win in New York last week makes his opponents’ plan of a contested convention much more difficult – especially if he wins big in the five Mid Atlantic and New England states voting today.
Polls statewide close at 8 p.m.