5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

1. It’s all over but the crying. Don’t tell Bernie, Ted or John, but Tuesday made the rest of the primary season a formality. Hillary Clinton now has about 90 percent of the delegates she needs and Donald Trump has about 77 percent, with momentum on the side of both candidates. Trump swept all five contests Tuesday by big margins, while Clinton lost only in tiny Rhode Island. The most important states — Pennsylvania and Maryland — handed her big victories.

2. A scramble for running mates. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was behind Trump’s right shoulder during his victory speech, and there was much speculation over the weekend that Sen. Bernie Sanders was set to pick Elizabeth Warren. Sen. Ted Cruz, who had a horrible night Tuesday, announced Wednesday that Carly Fiorina — a Trump foil from the debates — will be his Veep pick. Big question now is what she brings to the table, and if it’s enough to derail Trump.

3. 60 percent. There was a time not too long ago when the so-called Trump ceiling was thought to be 35 percent. Yet in New York last week Trump had 60.4 percent of the vote. On Tuesday he had 57.7 percent in Connecticut 60.8 percent in Delaware, 54.4 percent in Maryland, 56.7 percent in Pennsylvania and 63.8 percent in Rhode Island. The ceiling has been raised.

4. Indiana. Cruz seemed more than a little relieved to be campaigning in the Hoosier State Tuesday and out of the clutches of the East Coast’s New York values. He finished last in four of the five primaries, and barely reached 10 percent in a couple of them. Indiana is friendlier turf for him, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich has promised not to campaign there. But if you’re going to set up a must win you better win it. A Cruz loss next week will be seen as a Trump coronation.

5. Where now Bernie. No, he’s not getting out, but you may be seeing a softer tone from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders toward his Democratic opponent. Clinton’s comments in her victory speech Tuesday were all about unifying the party and coming together in November. For that to happen, Sanders will have to convince his followers that Clinton stands for many of the same things he does. Whether he is ready to do that is not clear, nor is it a certainty that the movement would follow his lead.

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