NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Both billionaire Donald Trump and
former secretary of state Hillary Clinton will go into the next round of voting
Tuesday with wins in Louisiana's presidential primary.
Louisiana was one of five states with contests
Saturday. Clinton beat out Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Louisiana
Democratic primary win while Trump bested Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen.
Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich for victory in the Republican primary
For many voters Trump's outsider stance and political
independence added to his allure.
"I'm tired of what's going on in Washington. We
need a change," said Jim Gillen, 73, a retired oil refinery worker who
voted in Baton Rouge. "Cruz and Rubio, they're part of Washington."
In the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Arnold Benitez,
80, voted with his son. Both cast their ballots for Trump.
"Trump. I'll vote for him all the time,"
Benitez said. "He's a better man. He's what people really want to say,
what people want to hear. And he'll get the job done."
Cruz was running second in Louisiana as Rubio appeared
a distant third. Trump also won in Kentucky. But Cruz victories in Kansas and
Maine ensure that there will be no quick end to what has been a bruising
Many in the GOP worry that a Trump victory would lead
to a disastrous November election and have been looking for a way to derail
But both Benitez and his son cautioned that if there
was a sense that the Republican establishment somehow maneuvered to keep Trump
from the nomination, many Republicans might just stay home come November.
"I think they fear him because if he gets in he
will clean up Washington," said David.
Trump has tapped into a wellspring of frustration
among many voters in Louisiana and elsewhere.
While many economic indicators have been improving,
stagnant wages for many blue-collar workers, rising rents or mortgages, and
stock market volatility have all contributed to a sense among some voters that
there's little relief, said Joshua Stockley, associate professor of political
science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Among those voters who feel economically and
politically frustrated, Trump does very well, Stockley said.
For Clinton, Louisiana marked another state in the
South where she's scored victory and this one by a large margin. Sanders won
caucuses in Kansas and Nebraska on Saturday.
Clinton said she was "thrilled" to add to
her pledged delegate count.
Speaking at a Democratic Party dinner in Detroit on
Saturday night, Clinton congratulated Sanders and said she was grateful to
people who supported her before turning her attention to one of the next big
showdowns, this time in Michigan which votes Tuesday as does neighboring
Clinton has drawn on strong African-American support
throughout states such as South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama to notch wins
Jay Edwards, 78, in Baton Rouge voted for Clinton in
the Democratic primary. For him, her experience was what counted.
"She's the only professional person that has
worked in government and has enough competence to do a sensible job
there," he said.
Edwards, professor emeritus of anthropology at LSU,
said while he likes Sanders, he didn't think Sanders could accomplish his
Larrin Orellana, 43, voted with his family at a
Metairie polling place. He said he voted for Clinton, albeit with some
reservations about her trustworthiness.
"I trust her more than I do the Republicans but I
think she's part of the whole, big machine. But anyone but Trump I guess,"
he said. Orellana, who immigrated from Ecuador, said initially he'd been
excited about a Trump candidacy but was later turned off by his rhetoric. When
asked why he chose Clinton over Sanders, Orellana said Sanders was too far to
"I think Bernie is way too left and you need a
centrist," he said.
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Associated Press writers Melinda Deslatte in Baton
Rouge and Kevin McGill in New Orleans contributed to this report.
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Posted on Sun, March 6, 2016
by REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press