04/26/2016 08:49 pm ET
Hillary Clinton beat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Pennsylvania’s Democratic presidential primary, nabbing the biggest prize in Tuesday’s elections and further widening her delegate lead over Sanders.
She also won Tuesday’s primary contests in Delaware and Maryland. Clinton won Pennsylvania in 2008 as well, in part because of her deep ties to the state. Her grandfather worked in a mill in Scranton, her father was born and raised there and Clinton herself often visited. It was a welcome win after she faced a string of losses to Barack Obama.
The former secretary of state brought up those local ties during a Friday rally in the northeastern part of the state when talking about her support for gun control measures.
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Clinton had been leading in the polls in the run-up to Tuesday, although it was by a small enough margin that many Sanders supporters hoped he could pull off a win there by winning over many of the state’s rural, white, working-class voters — some of whom may have supported Clinton over Obama in 2008. He attracted big crowdsto his rallies and called the state’s contest “enormously important,“ stressing, as he often does, that he would do well if turnout was high. more