Super Tuesday: Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump bagged victories in Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts and Tennessee. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton claimed wins in five states and Bernie Sanders emerged victorious in his home state of Vermont.
NBC News reports that Clinton win the states of Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas. While it is a little premature to say who among the two Republicans will triumph in Massachusetts exit polls have suggested that Sanders has an advantage.
There are a total of 595 Republican delegates at stake of the 1237 needed to attain the GOP nomination in 11 states. On the Democratic side, 865 are at stake of the 2383 required to win the nomination.
At 8:15 p.m. ET, of the 70 percent votes that had been counted, Trump stood the tallest with 36.9 percent followed by Marco Rubio with 30.5 percent and Ted Cruz at 16.9 percent. Shelly Wells, an accountant with an oil field services company, cast her vote for Trump. “He’s the man who can get the job done and change this back to America instead of a third-world country,” Wells said. Across the 11 states, half the voters said that they would prefer to see the next president from outside the political arena.
Retired neurosurgeon, the Los Angeles Times reports, wasn’t considered a pivotal factor in any contest.
Soon after the closing of the polls, Sanders declared victory in Vermont. “By the end of tonight we are going to win many hundreds of delegates,” he said. Addressing his supporters, he said, “At the end of tonight, 15 states will have voted; 35 states remain. 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.” As reported by CNN, Sanders hopes that he will be able to prevent Clinton outracing him in Minnesota, Colorado and Oklahoma.
Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich will be looking out for March 15, when voters in their home states cast their ballot. Until then, both said they will remain in the presidential race.