Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Front-Runners Feeling Energized by Overwhelming Victories

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Front-Runners Feeling Energized by Overwhelming Victories

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While Democrats feel more confident that their mainstream candidate Hillary Clinton can start focusing on the November presidential election, Republicans are getting increasingly discouraged about the prospect that candidate Donald Trump may be unstoppable.

Both candidates are reveling in their decisive wins in Tuesday's primary elections.

CLINTON ADJUSTS FOCUS

Sweeping to victory in four key contests, Clinton has solidified her hold on the Democratic nomination, allowing her to begin the work of unifying her party against GOP front-runner Trump.

The process won't be pretty: Rival Bernie Sanders has tapped into a deep vein of anti-Washington sentiment in the Democratic Party, turning what was once expected to be an easy race for Clinton into a far tougher competition. He's vowed to continue all the way to the national convention in July.

But Tuesday night's victories allow Clinton to claim wins in key general election battlegrounds across the country North Carolina, Florida and Ohio and demonstrate her appeal to Rust Belt voters who will play a pivotal role in November.

Clinton now has at least 1,599 delegates including superdelegates nearly two-thirds of the total needed to win the Democratic nomination. Sanders trails far behind with at least 844.

In Missouri, where the race remained too close to call, Clinton and Sanders will probably split the delegates fairly evenly because Democrats award delegates largely based on the share of the vote. Clinton, however, has commitments from 12 of the state's 13 superdelegates. …

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