April 26 primaries
April 26, 2016

After winning just one state during Tuesday's primaries, Bernie Sanders released a statement saying he's staying in the race and looking forward to winning as many delegates as possible before the Democratic National Convention.

Sanders congratulated Hillary Clinton on her wins in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Connecticut, and touted his "resounding victory" in Rhode Island, "the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome." He also called on Democrats to "recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats."

The senator from Vermont believes "the people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be," and "that's why we are in this race until the last vote is cast." Sanders vowed to go all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia "with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform" that includes calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage and a "Medicare-for-all health care system." Catherine Garcia

April 26, 2016

By just about any measure, Sen. Ted Cruz had a terrible election night on Tuesday. It was already nearly mathematically impossible for him to win a majority of delegates before the Republican convention, and after he lost all five states on Tuesday by huge margins, it would take a meltdown of unprecedented proportions by Donald Trump for Cruz to win the nomination. Or, as The Drudge Report put it:

This, of course, is the logo Cruz campaigns in front of:

And as Drudge pointed out, it can be repurposed quite easily. If Cruz doesn't like "EliminaTed," he can always go with BusTed, or BlighTed, or perhaps given the tenor of the campaign, EvacuaTed. And if Trump loses in November, Cruz can always be VindicaTed. Peter Weber

April 26, 2016

It turns out Donald Trump's real hostage might actually be Chris Christie's wife.

Throughout Trump's victory speech Tuesday night, the New Jersey first lady could be seen dressed in pink alongside her husband, to the right of Trump on stage. While her face was neutral for the bulk of Trump's speech, all of that changed when Trump accused Hillary Clinton of "playing the woman's card," claiming Clinton wouldn't even be "at 5 percent" if she "were a man."

Mary Pat Christie's expression — and visible dissent — was priceless:

Same, Mary Pat. Same. Jeva Lange

April 26, 2016

Donald Trump has accused Hillary Clinton of playing "the woman's card" before, but never was he as blunt as he was on Tuesday night while answering questions from reporters following his rash of major primary victories across the Northeast.

"Well, I think the only card she has is the woman's card," Trump said. "She's got nothing else going on. And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she's got going is the women's vote."

"And the beautiful thing," Trump went on, "is that women don't like her." Earlier in the night, Trump also touted that he would do "far more for women than Hillary Clinton will ever do."

Even before Trump gave his speech, however, Clinton had addressed Trump's accusations. "If fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the 'woman card,' then deal me in," she said. Jeva Lange

April 26, 2016

Much has been made about Donald Trump's team trying to make him act "more presidential," but campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he wouldn't ask his boss to do anything differently.

"I'd never want to change Donald Trump," he told NBC's Katy Tur Tuesday night. Trump swept all five Republican primaries, and Lewandowski said that's proof his "message of 'Make America Great Again' resonates in the northeast across the country," adding that Trump is "very pleased" by the results.

Lewandowski took a moment to encourage John Kasich and Ted Cruz to drop out of the race and back Trump, and said the party has to "unify, we have to bring people together right now, we have to have a unified effort so we don't have four more years of a Democrat in the White House." Catherine Garcia

April 26, 2016

Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards, both 57-year-old Maryland Democrats representing districts outside Washington, D.C., fought a hard, sometimes bitter campaign to win the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Barbara A. Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in Senate history. Van Hollen won.

About half of Maryland's Democratic electorate was African American on Tuesday, and Van Hollen, who is white, won about a third of black voters while Edwards, a black single mother, won about 20 percent of white voters, according to exit polls. Race and gender both played a significant role in the primary, with Edwards noting that only one other black woman has ever served in the Senate and Emily's List spending about $2 million on ads supporting her. Van Hollen focused on his experience in the House, where he is known as a policy-infused dealmaker. Mikulski had stayed neutral in the race. Peter Weber

April 26, 2016

Donald Trump left the Time 100 gala to make a buoyant victory speech Tuesday night after sweeping all five primary states across the Northeast. In a surprising show of good spirits, Trump thanked his archenemy, the media, saying they have been "very fair the past two hours."

Trump also took a swing at the Democratic Party — on behalf of Bernie Sanders. Trump slammed the system for treating Sanders "unfairly" and, despite some boos, he urged the senator to run as an independent.

Trump added that at this point he considers himself "the presumptive nominee, absolutely." Trump, who needs 1,237 delegates to lock up the nomination, earned 36 times as many as his primary rival, Ted Cruz, on Tuesday.

"We're going to have our country back, we are going to make America Great Again, and I just want to tell the five states, I am so honored, this was our biggest night," Trump said. Jeva Lange

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