Politics Weekend Wrap-up: Clinton and Trump see triumph on the horizon

Léa Aliberti, Writer

Here’s what happened over the weekend in politics.

Trump: “Yes, it’s over.”

Leading GOP candidate Donald Trump claims it’s all over.

Trump went on Fox News Sunday and said, “it’s already over” in reference to the Republican U.S. presidential nomination. He is confident that Texas Senator Ted Cruz won’t have a chance if he loses the primary in Indiana on Tuesday, where Trump currently holds a big lead over him.

“Indiana is so important and we have to win it,” Trump said to a crowd of approximately 1,500 people in Terre Haute, Ind. “If we win Indiana, it’s over.”

And Trump is projected to win on Tuesday.

According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist opinion poll released on Sunday, Trump holds 49 percent, basically half, of that state’s Republican support. The poll also showed that Trump now has a 15-point lead over Cruz – his largest lead yet.

Meanwhile, just before the weekend, Cruz made an announcement at a rally in Indianapolis that his running mate, or losing mate as Stephen Colbert put it, will be former presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina.

Cruz told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his choice for a running mate, as well as the Indiana Governor’s recent endorsement, is giving him momentum in the state.

“I think the support we are seeing is surging,” Cruz said.

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Clinton: “I’m very far ahead.”

Hillary Clinton was on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and said that she’ll work with fellow presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on a progressive Democratic platform but, “there comes a time when you have to look at the reality,” hinting at Sanders to consider dropping out of the race.

But the former Secretary of State said she does not consider herself the party’s presumptive nominee – unlike Trump, the Republican frontrunner.

“I’m very far ahead,” Clinton said. “I think the path leads to the nomination, but I’m going to keep competing.”

While Sanders is expected to perform well in upcoming primaries and caucuses in Arizona, Washington, Utah and elsewhere, the Clinton campaign said it did the math, and it would be highly unlikely for him to beat Clinton in the delegate race.

Regardless of what conflicting feelings Clinton may have toward Sanders’ campaign, she understands that as far as dropping out of the race goes, “I think it’s up to Senator Sanders.”

And to the Senator, he is not ready to give up the race and has promised he’ll stick around until the Democratic convention in July.

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