DEM Primaries: Clinton Gets Arizona: Sanders Gets Utah & Idaho

Welcome to Groundhog Day for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as Democrats in Arizona, Idaho and Utah vote today. Clinton will likely take home Arizona while Sanders looks for wins in caucus states Idaho and Utah, but because of the none of these states are winner take all that means the Democratic front-runner will get closer to the nomination.

Arizona will likely go big to Clinton today with  Sanders hoping to close the gap as most polls have the Democratic front runner up by around 25 percent. There are 75 delegates on the line and Sanders has been working hard in the Phoenix area.

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Sanders has been campaigning around the border hard with his wife, Jane Sanders, visiting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio regarding his questionable policies toward immigrant detainees, but polling data indicates Clinton should win.

According to Bruce Merill and Phoenix-based Westgroup Research’s survey, conducted between March 7 and March 11, Clinton received 50 percent support to 24 percent for Sanders, but 26 percent of voters are undecided.

Sanders hopes to pick up delegates in Arizona and closing the gap so Clinton’s win will be within 10 percent.

Sanders will likely win in Utah where he holds a solid lead and grab a large number of the 33 pledged delegates that are available. According to Deseret News and KSL’s survey, polling 194 likely voters between March 8 and March 15, Sanders holds a moderate lead over Clinton — 52 percent to 44 percent.

Democrats will have another caucus in Idaho, where 23 delegates are proportionally available. Sanders leads Clinton 47 to 45 percent in the most recent Real Clear Politics polls.

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This looks like another night where Sanders will win the two caucus states while Clinton will take the Arizona primary. That will mean another night where Clinton will win the delegate race, and move closer to the nomination.

Coming into today’s events Clinton holds a pledged delegate lead of 1,147 to 830. Her 467 delegate superdelegates lead while Sanders has 26. Clinton clearly has a massive advantage in the Democratic race.

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.