Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trump, Clinton Stream Ahead as Rivals Show Signs of Fading

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trump, Clinton Stream Ahead as Rivals Show Signs of Fading

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump surged Sunday toward another round of pivotal presidential primaries as their party leaders faced new questions about internal divisions that could complicate their nominees' general election chances. With less than 48 hours before voting began across five Northeastern states, GOP front-runner Donald Trump looked ahead to Tuesday's contests in five states where he's poised to do well and to a foreign policy speech later in the week. Republican challenger Ted Cruz, meanwhile, abandoned the Tuesday states and instead campaigned in Indiana, which votes May 3.

On the Democratic side, underdog Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, faced thousands of voters in Rhode Island, looking to the smallest state in the nation for momentum even as he appeared to soften his attacks on Clinton.

"If Secretary Clinton is the nominee - and we're not giving this thing up, we're going all the way to California - but if she is the nominee, I would hope that she puts together the strongest progressive agenda, Sanders said on ABC's "This Week before courting voters in Rhode Island's capital city.

Clinton hoped Tuesday's contests in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware would mark a turning point in her quest for the Democratic nomination. Victories in four or five states would all but cripple Sanders' White House bid.

The former secretary of state opened her day at a Philadelphia black church ahead of the primary in Pennsylvania, Tuesday's top delegate prize.

"If you will vote for me, I will stand up for you throughout this campaign. I will continue to stand up and fight all the way into the White House, Clinton told parishioners at Triumph Baptist Church in North Philadelphia.

Clinton, emerging stronger after a triumph in last week's New York primary, stood to effectively lock up the nomination on Tuesday. The five states together offer 384 delegates, a trove that would put her only about 200 delegates short of the majority needed to clinch the nomination.

With 172 delegates at stake Tuesday on the Republican side, Trump could take a significant step toward his party's delegate majority with the dominant performance that many polls predict. …

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