Super Tuesday saw Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton triumphing in Texas and the South. Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump emerged victorious from the Deep South to New England.
Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted Cruz bagged victories in his home state, Oklahoma and Alaska, Bernie Sanders in four states and Marco Rubio won only in Minnesota.
With seven states, Clinton is most likely to become the Democratic nominee. The Wall Street Journal reports that the former secretary of state won 79% of the vote in Alabama, 71% in Georgia and in excess of 60% in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Virginia. Sanders, on the other hand, who won in his home state, also won in states with smaller minority populations like Colorado, Minnesota and Oklahoma.
Campaigning ahead of the March 15 primary in Florida, Clinton spoke about her plans to face Trump. “We know we’ve got work to do,” she said. “It’s not to make America great again – America never stopped being great. We need to make America whole again.”
While Clinton’s likelihood of achieving the nomination looks strong, Sanders said that he will not be bowing out of the race. Delivering a message for his supporters in Essex Junction, Vermont, he said, “Our message is resonating, and the people, when we stand together, will be victorious.” He then went on to say, “I know that Secretary Clinton and many of the establishment people think that I am looking and thinking too big. I don’t think so.”
Republican front runner Trump also saw success in seven states – Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, and Arkansas. According to the New York Times projections, while there was a strong probability of him securing more than 200 delegates – giving him in excess of 400 delegates – he finds himself considerably short of the 1237 delegates he requires to acquire the nomination. He spoke about amassing a wider voter base during his Tuesday night address. “I am a unifier, I know people are going to find that a little bit hard to believe, but believe me that I am a unifier,” he said. “Once we get all of this finished, I am going to go after one person — that’s Hillary Clinton.”
Cruz, who won in Texas, Alaska and Oklahoma, spoke during his address, “So long as the field remains divided, Donald Trump’s path to the nomination remains more likely, and that would be a disaster for Republicans, for conservatives, and for the nation. After tonight, we have seen that our campaign is the only campaign that has beaten, that can beat, and that will beat Donald Trump.”
Rubio could not succeed in getting the 20 percent mark to win at-large candidates in Texas, Alabama and Vermont. Citing his position of second place in Vermont, he said, “If I didn’t have to share the ballot with two or three other people, I would have won.”