Super Tuesday Results Recap
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On Tuesday, March 1st, eleven states held their primary elections for party nominations for the 2016 Election. Traditionally known as Super Tuesday, the most number of delegates are at stake on this day.
On Super Tuesday, the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia held contests for both Republicans and Democrats. Alaska held caucuses for Republicans while Colorado held caucuses for Democrats. Democrats in American Samoa also held their primary on Tuesday.
Both expected frontrunners Republican businessman Donald Trump and Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton swept across the eleven states in overwhelming victory.
To win the Republican nomination by the end of the primary season, the candidate must have the support of 1,237 delegates. On Tuesday night, Trump won the majority of delegates in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. Trump won the votes of 285 Republican delegates for nomination.
Trailing relatively close behind was Ted Cruz, who won 161 delegates with majority wins in Alaska, Oklahoma, and his home state of Texas, which was the most sought after state with the greatest number of delegates for both parties.
Marco Rubio earned a total of 87 delegates with one win in Minnesota. The final two remaining candidates, John Kasich and Ben Carson, won 25 and 8 delegates, respectively, with no majority state wins.
Despite coming out of a racial controversy after he refused to disavow KKK leader David Duke , Trump earned a tremendous victory.
In an interview with CNN News, Rubio said that “the states that are to come” will be the time in which “we’ll really start to catch fire.”
A Democratic candidate must win 2,383 delegates from all primaries to gain the party’s nomination. On Tuesday night, Clinton won 544 delegates with majority wins in Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. On the other hand, Bernie Sanders won a total of 349 delegates with wins in Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and his home state of Vermont.
“America never stopped being great. We have to make America whole,” said Clinton. Clinton also recently changed her message as a candidate by introducing the idea of “instead of building walls, we’re going to break down barriers,” a not-too-subtle jab at Trump’s political message.
Despite having only won 4 out of 11 states, Sanders retained a hopeful and realistic outlook for the upcoming primaries.
“At the end of tonight, 15 states will have voted, 35 states remain,” explained Sanders. “And let me assure you that we are going to take our fight for economic justice, for social justice, for environmental sanity, for a world of peace to every one of those states.”
The next primaries will take place in Kansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Maine on Saturday, March 5. However, most of the candidates are looking forward to the Florida caucus on March 15, which holds stakes of 99 Republican delegates and 214 Democratic delegates.