In BHS Seniors’ First Primary, Clinton and Trump Emerge Victorious

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Steven Sciglibaglio, Head Editor

With April in full swing, the time for presidential nominees to rack up delegates nears its end. Primary elections are scheduled until early June, but by then the front runners for both parties—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton—hope to have won the nominations. However, Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich and Democrat Bernie Sanders do not intend on pulling out of the race until their parties’ national conventions this summer.

Currently, Trump holds a dwindling lead over Ted Cruz with the latter’s win in Wisconsin on April 5th. However, Trump just won his home state of New York with 61% of the vote, which secured him 89 delegates.

Hungry for NY votes, Trump held a rally at Grumman Studios in Bethpage on April 5th, in which 12,000 people attended. About 18,000 people got tickets to the biggest event in Bethpage in recent years. Many of Bethpage High School’s own students attended the rally, whether they are supporters of Trump or simply wanted to be there to witness history.

“I went because I thought it was so cool that this huge political event took place in our town,” said senior Laura Russo. “It’s also the first year that we can vote in an election, so I was very excited to be involved.

In New York’s Democratic Party’s primary was also held on April 19th. Hillary Clinton won with 57.9% of the vote, which puts the nail in Bernie Sanders’ coffin, so-to-speak. She also has 469 superdelegate votes to flesh out that number, but she has to maintain her pledged delegate lead to ensure that the superdelegates vote for her. Superdelegates are democratic party elites who are given a delegate vote at the national convention; this ensures the party will have its prefered candidate win the nomination, even though it is slightly un-democratic.

Sanders sought a big upset in New York, the state where Clinton served as Senator and where she lives; because he was also born and raised in Brooklyn before becoming a politician in Vermont. Due to the proportional system used by almost all states in Democratic Party primaries, Clinton will get the majority of NY’s delegates, and Bernie will get the rest.

“I think it will be a close call between Bernie and Hillary,” said senior Gina Aliberti. “But of course I want Bernie to grab the ‘dub.’”