Super Tuesday Round Up

Posted: Mar 2 2016, 6:54am CST | by , in News | Latest Political News

Super Tuesday Round Up
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Super Tuesday was a big day for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who have now officially positioned themselves as the leaders for their party's nominations.

Trump absolutely crushed the rest of the Republican hopefuls by winning seven states across the nation, which shows that he has some broad appeal everywhere. Hillary Clinton also won seven states, but her strength showed with minorities in the South.

Trump won across the conservative South in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, but a bit of a surprise came when he took moderate Massachusetts and Vermont.

"This has been an amazing night," Trump said to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. He also stated that as president, he would be a "unifier" and as the Republican nominee, he would fight Clinton.

Still, the rest of the candidates say that they will continue to fight. Ted Cruz was able to win the biggest prize of the night, Texas, and surprisingly took home Oklahoma and Alaska. Florida Senator Marco Rubio received his first win as well, in Minnesota.

These victories for Trump show that he isn't hurt by controversy, as they came just days after he failed to disavow a former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke. This shows that time is running out for anyone within the Republican establishment to come and knock him down. CNN estimates that Trump won 233 delegates on Super Tuesday alone, well ahead of the other competitors, for a total of 315 delegates compared to 205 Cruz and 106 for Rubio. The nominee will eventually need 1,37 delegates.

For the Democrats, Clinton's seven states gives her a nice cushion over Bernie Sanders. She rode out support in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, and added Massachusetts, a state Sanders had hoped to win.

"What a Super Tuesday," Clinton declared at her victory rally in Florida, taking aim at Trump by asserting that America was already great, despite his campaign mantra, and vowing to make the country "whole again."

Sanders pulled out wins in Vermont, Colorado, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. While the states he won are typically liberal, he now has to turn his eyes to harder states if he wants to catch up to Clinton. He has to figure out how to connect with minority voters, a problem that runs deep, consider his history with the movement. If the photograph of him being arrested during race riots won't bring people to his side, what will?

Sanders shows no sign of backing down, however, because neither candidate is anywhere close to having the 2,383 delegates needed. Hillary Clinton won 4922 delegates yesterday for a total of 1,055 delegates, including superdelegates. Sanders won 418 delegates so far, with 330 coming from Super Tuesday.

For everyone involved in both fights, there is still a lot of work to be done. Trump was hoping to win as many as 10 of the 11 states, but has to settle for less. His losses, however, are gains for Cruz even though the states that chose him don't fit his original plan of having a southern stronghold.

Nevertheless, he does have plans to stay in the race. After all, "I am the only candidate who has beaten Donald three times," Cruz said.

Rubio on the other hand, who finally secured a win, has vowed to keep fighting because he doesn't believe that Trump can get the delegates needed to win once the states stop giving delegates proportionally and does "winner takes all" fights.

"This is the fight for the heart and soul of the Republican Party," Rubio said. "I will go through all 50 states before we stop fighting to save the Republican Party from someone like that."

While some people believe that it would be smarter for Cruz and Rubio to team up against Trump, neither wants to back out just yet.

Sanders is also vowing to stay in the campaign, even though many fear that it may cost Clinton the general election.

"This campaign is not just about electing a president," Sanders said at a rally Tuesday night in Vermont. "It is about transforming America."

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