On the road with voters and candidates in Pennsylvania
The 2016 presidential contenders made their way across Pennsylvania to sway voters in advance of the April 26 primary this week.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders needs a win to prevent Hillary Clinton from making gains that could further imperil his candidacy. An NBC/WSJ/Marist poll released Sunday found Clinton ahead of Sanders in the state, 55 percent to 40 percent. Clinton only needs to win 29 percent of the remaining delegates to win the nomination. For the Republicans, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have the task of trying to obstruct Donald Trump in a state where he has overwhelming support. The same poll shows the businessman beating Cruz by 18 points, 45 percent to 27 percent, with Kasich in third place at 24 percent. Trump holds a 286-delegate lead over Cruz, with Kasich trailing far behind.
The five candidates stumped in the state, talking to Pennsylvanians about the concerns they have for their families, their jobs and the fate of their country. Photographer Larry Fink captured those moments.
Carl Martinez, an industrial designer hailing from Easton, Pennsylvania, expressed the voters’ overarching sentiment: “We need to look to the future,” he said. “We need to sort of re-invent ourselves because I think we have the potential to be great … We just happen to be living in a very narrow sliver of humanity.”
Bill Welsh, also a resident of Easton who works in property management, said of the candidates that “each one has a good factor about them, but then each one has that terrifying factors.” Several voters pointed to a “selfish” government as the source of their woes, and some maintained that they were worried about the nation’s financial stability. Overall, voters told Fink that they were worried about a range of complex issues, including the environment, bailouts, and income inequality.