Clinton Wins Missouri Primary Election, Bernie Sanders concedes defeat – Details

Updated: March 18, 2016
Clinton Wins Missouri Primary Election, Bernie Sanders concedes defeat - Details

Clinton wins Missouri Democratic primary as Sanders concedes.

Hillary Clinton is the winner of the Missouri primary, making her the victor in all the states that voted Tuesday.

The Missouri secretary of state’s office reported Thursday — two days after polling had closed in the state — that Clinton had beat Bernie Sanders by a margin of more than 1,500 votes.

“I think it’s unlikely the results will impact at all the number of delegates the candidate gets and I would prefer to save the taxpayers of Missouri some money,” Sanders said. “Whether we win by 200 votes or lose by 500, it’s not going to impact the delegate selection. It’s going to be evenly divided.”

Clinton will end up with two extra delegates for winning the statewide vote. With the win, Clinton swept all five states that held primary contests on Tuesday, including Florida, Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina.

As of last night, Clinton had 1,606 delegates; Sanders had 851. (A total of 2,383 is needed to win the nomination.)

Meanwhile, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — who this week suspended his GOP campaign — said yesterday that he was not interested in being vice president for Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz should he emerge as the Republican nominee.

“No, I’m not going to be anybody’s vice president,” he said. “I’m not interested in being vice president. I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way.”

Rubio did say that Cruz is “the only conservative left in the race” and that Republicans need to get together in order to prevent front-runner Donald Trump from securing the nomination.

“Hopefully there is still time to prevent a Donald Trump nomination, which would fracture the party and be damaging,” Rubio said.

Some GOP leaders met yesterday to explore “other avenues” to take down Trump, indicating that Cruz may not be the sure-fire answer to unseat the bombastic businessman.

Organizers of the meeting included conservative commentator Erick Erickson and Christian conservative leader Bob Fischer.

Trump did not directly mention the meeting on Twitter, instead turning to his popular refrain: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”