Super Tuesday is still underway, but there are clear signs that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will emerge on top when the polls close in a few hours.
Trump wins Vermont, Arkansas, Virginia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Georgia.
Marco Rubio wins Minnesota.
Ted Cruz wins Alaska, Texas and Oklahoma
Clinton wins Massachusetts, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia
Bernie Sanders wins Minnesota, Colorado, Vermont and Oklahoma
Cruz spoke live after Trump. All tirades addressed to rival:
“America shouldn’t have a president whose words would make you embarrassed if your children repeated them.”
For a possible Trump nomination: “That would be a disaster for Republicans, for conservatives and for the nation.”
Trump has spoken live after significant victory and he made some powerful punches against rivals:
“I am a unifier. I would like to see the Republican Party get together and unify.”
“Politicians are all talk, no action. Except for Chris Christie of course.”
On Clinton: “If she’s allowed to run, it will be a sad day for this country.”
On Democrats: “The Republicans have tremendous energy, the Democrats don’t.”
On Muslim immigration: “We have a big, big problem. We’ve got to figure it out.”
There are a lot of delegates to be won during the Super Tuesday primaries and/or caucuses as states such as Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will be casting their votes that can well dictate who will be the final presidential contender for both Republicans and Democrats.
On the Republican side, there are 2,339 delegates available and 1,237 needed to be won to secure a nomination. Trump is leading early with 82 delegates won. The state to watch closely here is Texas which has 155 delegates. You might expect Texas Senator Ted Cruz to be able to get a significant number of delegates in his home state but so far, the Associated Press reports that he has only secured 17 delegates. Meanwhile, Florida Senator Marco Rubio follows right behind Cruz with 16 delegates. It’s still too early to tell though and anything is still possible.
On the Democratic side, there are 4,130 delegates available and 2,383 needed for the nomination. According to AP, former Secretary of State Clinton leads Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with 548 delegates. Sanders trails behind with 87. Clinton’s lead, however, narrows down significantly when it comes to secured pledged delegates. According to FiveThirtyEight, Clinton has, so far, won 91 pledge delegates while Sanders has secured 65.
Regardless of who wins Super Tuesday for the Democrats, it seems either candidate will fair up just fine when matched against GOP leading presidential candidate Trump. According to a latest poll done by CNN and ORC International, Sanders and Clinton both have a more favorable rating than Trump with Sanders being the most favorable of the three.
Moreover, in a simulated showdown between Clinton and Trump, 52 percent of the voters surveyed said they would vote for Clinton while only 44 percent said they would go for Trump. The results are quite similar when it comes to a possible Sanders versus Trump in the presidential elections with Sanders getting 55 percent of the votes and Trump, 43 percent.