Super Tuesday featured 12 state contests (11 per party) and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the big winners. Of the eleven states with Republican contests, Trump won seven including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont. Including his previous wins in New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, Trump has now won 10 out of 15 Republican contests.
Sen. Ted Cruz won the biggest delegate prize so far with a significant win in his home state of Texas. With 155 delegates at stake, Cruz beat Trump 44 percent to 27 percent. Cruz also won Oklahoma and Alaska, though by narrower margins. Including his win in Iowa, Cruz has now won four states and is behind only Trump in the delegate count.
Sen. Marco Rubio got his first (and only) win tonight in Minnesota’s Republican caucus. He received 37 percent of the vote. Cruz was second with 29 percent and Trump had just 21 percent. Despite his lackluster performance overall, Rubio still insists he’s the best alternative to Trump and suggested that he will do better in future contests including the March 15 winner-take-all primary in his home state of Florida.
Over on the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton added to her already significant delegate lead over Bernie Sanders by winning seven states to his four, many by overwhelming margins. Clinton won in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia while Sanders won in Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Vermont.
Don’t plan on the candidates having much time to catch their breath either. Republicans have four more contests this Saturday (Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine) and another four next Tuesday (Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, and Mississippi.) Democrats have six within the next week including Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, and Nebraska.
What may be the most significant primaries for the GOP will occur on March 15, however, when Florida and Ohio have winner-take-all contests with 99 and 66 delegates respectively up for grabs. These are also the home state contests for Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. If either candidate fails to win their home state, it will likely signal the end of their campaigns. Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina have Republican primaries that day as well although they are not of the winner-take-all variety.
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