Okay so let’s not think about what went on in Arizona for a little while. Two other states made their decisions last night and the overwhelming favorite was Bernie Sanders.
He bested his opponent Hillary Clinton by a staggering 57 points in Idaho and somewhere around 60 points in Utah. These are huge wins for a few different reasons, one of them being that polling and predicting guru Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight fame, while accurately predicting a Sanders sweep of these two states, did not see this margin of victory coming. He had Bernie winning both states by a little less than 20 points. The other reason this is huge is that if Bernie can win some other states by those types of margins there will be even more grumbling by the Democratic establishment. They are already worried about her polling numbers against Trump and Bernie picking up massive wins, just compounds the issue.
As it stands right now, Sanders cut into Clinton’s pledged delegate total by winning 16 more than she did last night. He sits 303 delegates behind her but with a big weekend he can cut into this lead even more. Washington, Alaska and Hawaii are set to make their decisions on Saturday and he if pulls anything like the numbers he did in Utah and Idaho, he’ll make big gains in the delegate department, perhaps 50-60 or more, triggering even more pacing by an already nervous Democratic party.