Primary elections on March 15th have been treated by the media as a clean sweep for Hillary Clinton and a clear victory for Donald Trump. However, that is not the truth. Things were very close in Missouri for both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.
In fact, the results were so close that both candidates are considering asking for a recount. According to Lisa Hagen of The Hill, both Sanders and Cruz were only two-tenths of 1 percent behind Clinton and Trump, respectively.
To break results down even further, Trump and Cruz are separated in Missouri by only approximately 1,700 votes, while Sanders and Clinton are only separated by approximately 1,500 votes. According to CNN, in the state of Missouri, the recount law “allows a second-place finisher to request a recount if the margin of victory is less than half a percentage point.” With the margins of victory for Clinton and Trump being what they are, Sanders and Cruz can both legally request a recount.
The Secretary of State’s office also said that not all absentee and provisional ballots have been counted, although they could not confirm the specific amount. The office did say that these ballots will be in the next few days, as overseas absentee ballots will be accepted until Friday at noon. Because of closeness of the margins, the media has yet to officially call the race. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office has also announced that all results from the state’s primaries are considered unofficial until they are certified. Certification could take up to four weeks.
Neither candidate has officially decided whether or not they will ask for a recount, but it seems that it would be in their best interests to do so, particularly for Sanders. While Trump has held a strong lead for months, Sanders and Clinton have been nearly neck and neck for much of the election. People have wondered whether last night’s losses would deter Sanders, but he has made it clear that he is prepared to continue to fight for the Democratic nomination. Whether or not the candidates request a recount, we’ll all be waiting anxiously to see the final results in Missouri.
Although, as stated above, the media has not officially called the results in Missouri, many outlets have still treated Clinton as the winner, and have shown her obvious favor by refusing to air Sanders’ speech from last night.