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    US Presidential Hopefuls Continue to Chase Delegate Count

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign stop, March 26, 2016, in Madison, Wis.
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign stop, March 26, 2016, in Madison, Wis.
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    Even as the frenzy of the U.S. presidential primaries seems to be slowing down, the fight for the Republican and Democratic nominations continues to escalate.

    Democratic front-runner, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, was delivered a bruising by rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Saturday when he swept caucuses in Washington, Hawaii and Alaska.

    Those victories do not close the seemingly insurmountable lead Clinton has in the race - just under 300 pledged delegates. But they boosted the campaign momentum enough for Sanders to declare that he can now see a "path toward victory."

    Democrats compete next on April 5 in Wisconsin and again April 9 in the sparsely populated state of Wyoming.  Clinton is focusing on April 19 when voters in New York, the state she once represented as a senator, decide how to allocate their 291 delegates.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona.
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona.

    On the Republican side, the nomination fight between front-runner and billionaire businessman Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz appears to have escalated into a full-fledged war of personal barbs.

    The next major Republican primary is April 5 in Wisconsin. Some analysts predict that it may become the last stand for the third Republican candidate, Ohio Governor John Kasich.

    The Republican chase for delegates will next focus on the the upcoming primaries in the northeast.

    New York votes April 19, followed by Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Rhode Island on April 26.

    A candidate needs to win 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination outright. Otherwise there could be multiple voting rounds by convention delegates to determine a winner.

    William Gallo in Washington contributed to this report.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    March 28, 2016 8:55 AM
    Obama says not to isolate but to integrate muslims. Belgium experimented that and what’s its experience? France’s tried the integration theory, what taste’s that left? Why experiment with something whose outcome’s known to be bitter? Obama/Sanders/Clinton position on this’s that they know/fear how deep the islamic worm’s eaten into American; that an attempt to expose/remove it’ll touch-off a wildfire that’ll consume USA. They’re too afraid to suggest anything capable of igniting the anger of muslims and lead to the French/Belgium experience. In which case they see America as badly infiltrated with no way out – meaning America might be sitting on a keg of gunpowder! If they think their fear is founded, then they think there’s no hope of remedy:

    Only what remains’s a provocation to set-off the explosion that’ll destroy America. But Trump/Cruz think the people should be stopped before they get that stranglehold on USA the way the migrant influx into Europe is bound to change the dynamics of its demography anytime soon. Postponing the evil day and confronting it head-on, which one do Americans prefer? That’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Take action today to curb them or leave them and live in perpetual fear of them!

    by: Anonymous
    March 28, 2016 4:57 AM
    Step down Bernie. Your ideas are stale and fifty years out of date.
    Quit the stupid Hippie crap and go have yourself a nice quiet retirement. There is no way in hell you could ever deliver what you are pedaling to the masses so get out of the way, quit and go home.
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    by: Anonymous
    March 28, 2016 9:05 AM
    I couldn't agree more.

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