My report on the Super Tuesday Results for the 3/7/2016 issue of The Argo, Stockton University’s student newspaper.
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States, percentage and delegates won by each candidate on March 1, from the Associated Press.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
Alabama: 77.8 percent, 44 delegates
Arkansas: 66.3 percent, 19 delegates
Georgia: 71.3 percent, 70 delegates
Massachusetts: 50.1 percent, 45 delegates
Tennessee: 66.1 percent, 41 delegates
Texas: 65.2 percent, 138 delegates
Virginia: 64.3 percent, 61 percent
Clinton won commanding victories in the South, making her path to nomination much clearer. In her victory speech, Clinton made it clear that her campaign is the campaign that is going to continue on with the goals of the Obama Administration. Clinton also spoke of breaking down barriers, and making America better for all citizens.
With proportional delegate allocation rules in place Clinton received delegates from almost all of the states, with the exception of Sanders’s home state of Vermont. According to the Associated Press, Clinton currently has 595 delegates and 457 superdelegates (who are unpledged and could switch to Sanders if they choose), for a total of 1,052. To win, Clinton needs 2,383 delegates.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders:
Colorado: 58.9 percent, 35 percent
Minnesota: 61.6 percent, 46 percent
Oklahoma: 51.9 percent, 20 percent
Vermont: 86.1 percent, 16 percent
Sanders came away with four states, and in his Super Tuesday speech, he railed against income inequality and asked voters to continue the political revolution with him. The fact that there are still 35 states left to vote was made very clear by Sanders, and he said he plans to take his campaign to each and every state that is left.
With proportional delegate allocation rules in place, Sanders received delegates from all states, even if he did not win in them. Currently, the Associated Press reports that Sanders has 405 delegates and 22 superdelegates (who are unpledged and could switch to Clinton if they choose), for a total of 427. To win, Sanders needs 2,383 delegates.
Businessman Donald Trump:
Alabama: 43.3 percent, 36 delegates
Arkansas: 32.7 percent, 16 delegates
Georgia: 38.8 percent, 40 delegates
Massachusetts: 49.3 percent, 22 delegates
Tennessee: 38.9 percent, 31 delegates
Virginia: 34.7 percent, 17 delegates
Vermont: 32.7 percent, 6 delegates
Taking seven states, Trump was the victor of the night. With recent Trump endorser New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by his side, Trump gave a speech focused on how he was going to make America win again in all aspects of life. Trump put out a specific call to the Republican establishment who are still mostly against him, and said, “I am a unifier. I would love to see the Republican Party and everybody get together and unify. And when we unify, there’s nobody, nobody that’s going to beat us.”
With proportional allocation in place, Trump won delegates in some states even though he did not win in them. The Associated Press reports Trump has 319 delegates, and he will need 1,237 to win the nomination
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:
Alaska: 36.4 percent, 12 delegates
Oklahoma: 34.4 percent, 14 delegates
Texas: 43.8 percent, 99 delegates
Cruz won his first states since his victory in the Iowa caucus, and in his Super Tuesday speech he called for voters to get behind him and support his free-market ideals and the Constitution. If elected, Cruz said he would go to Washington and fight for the ideals of Americans, just like he has fought for the ideals of Texans in the Senate.
With proportional allocation in place, Cruz won delegates in some states even though he did not win in them. The Associated Press reports Cruz has 226 delegates, and he will need 1,237 to win the nomination
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:
Minnesota: 36.5 percent, 14 delegates
Super Tuesday garnered Rubio’s his first win in this electoral contest. In his Super Tuesday speech he attacked Trump and said, “We will not allow the party of Lincoln and Reagan to fall into the hands of a con-artist.” Rubio positioned himself as the person that can unite the Republican Party, and someone voters and the establishment should coalesce behind, as he believes he can win in November.
With proportional allocation in place, Rubio won delegates in some states even though he did not win in them. The Associated Press reports Rubio has 110 delegates, and he will need 1,237 to win the nomination. The Rubio campaign is hoping to win his home state of Florida on March 15, as it will be a winner-take-all state, and pivotal to the continuation of his campaign.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Dr. Ben Carson also participated in the contests, though neither won any states. According to the Associated Press, Kasich currently has 25 delegates, and Carson has 8.