2016 Primaries: West Virginia and Nebraska

Another Tuesday and another two primaries. In Nebraska, it’s Republicans only, Democratic caucus was held on March 5. Although there are three names on the ballot, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Governor John Kasich (R-OH) having “suspended” their campaigns, real estate mogul Donald Trump is expected to win all 36 delegates. But nothing there is certain, there is the possibility that many may cast protest votes against Trump, and Sen. Cruz said that if he should just happen to win, he would consider resuming his campaign. The polls in Nebraska close at 9 PM ET.

In West Virginia, Democrats and Republicans are voting. As with Nebraska, Sen. Cruz and Gov. Kasich are on the ballot, so there is a chance for West Virginians to cast protest votes, too.

In West Virginia, in addition to casting ballots for Trump, voters will also select individual delegates to go to the convention. Delegate hopefuls will be marked with their chosen candidate or as uncommitted when voters make up their minds.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has a firm lead in the polls over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The electorate in the last presidential Democratic primary was overwhelmingly white and working class. The state also has a primary that allows unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in either contest, meaning Sanders can turn out independents. Both of those factors have tended to favor him in past contests.

There are 37 delegates, seven have already been awarded, 6 for Sec. Clinton and one for Sen. Sanders. The polls in West Virginia close at 7:30 PM ET.

Results will be posted as they are reported.

Up Date 7:30 PM ET: From MSNBC, Sen. Bernie Sanders and mogul Donald Trump are the projected winners of their respective West Virginia primaries.

Up Date 9:00 PM ET: As expected, mogul Donald Trump is the projected winner in Nebraska. That will, supposedly, put an end to Sen. Cruz’s talk of reentering the campaign.