Published March 5, 2016 by Richard Rainey (NOLA.com)
Hillary Clinton continued her political romp through the South on Saturday (March 5), winning Louisiana’s Democratic presidential primary by a wide margin over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders .
The former senator, secretary of state and First Lady targeted key Democratic voting blocs in city centers using an army of surrogates and canvassers.
The Associated Press and CNN projected Clinton a winner roughly 20 minutes after the polls closed Saturday.
Louisiana should give Clinton most of its 51 delegates to extend her lead over Sanders in the buildup to the national convention in Philadelphia. Because Louisiana’s primary is proportional, Sanders could still get a share to add to his total under party rules.
Long lost in the primary doldrums, Louisiana became a target for candidates this year because of the tight race between Clinton and Sanders and the stark soul-searching among Republicans that businessman Donald Trump’s improbable rise has triggered.
Clinton deployed the same strategy in Louisiana she has used to trounce Sanders in states across the South.
In the days leading up to Saturday’s voting, Clinton rolled out radio ads featuring Morgan Freeman and Kerry Washington. She also sent prominent Democrats, including New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, to drum up support in New Orleans and elsewhere.Follow @FortySixNews