Trump, Hillary Cruise in Alabama, But No Down-Ballot Tea Party Upsets


As expected, both Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton scored victories in their presidential primaries in the state of Alabama on Tuesday. Immediately after the polls closed at 7 p.m. local time, most major news outlets gave the wins to both Trump and Clinton. With nearly three-quarters of the precincts reporting, Trump held a commanding 24-point lead over his closest competitor, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and was expected to do well in Alabama after earning a key endorsement from arguably the state’s popular Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). On the Democratic side, with nearly three-quarters of the vote reporting, Clinton sailed to a dominating 60-plus point win over her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Clinton was able to win over the state’s heavily Democratic African-American vote, which went for then-Sen. Barack Obama over Clinton just eight years earlier. It wasn’t such a good night for the upstarts hoping to ride the coattails of the Trump and Cruz to defeat their incumbent opponents. In what some thought was supposed to be a more dangerous race for five-term incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby turned out to not even be close. Shelby trounced all four of his opponents, including Jonathan McConnell,