by: Clare O’Keefe
Tuesday March 1 wasn’t just any ordinary Tuesday; It was Super Tuesday!
What is Super Tuesday? Well, Super Tuesday is a day on which several states hold primary elections. In this case, it was 12 states. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Super Tuesday is very important because whoever does well on Super Tuesday, usually gets a pretty good indication on how the rest of the campaign will go.
Each year it’s not a set amount of states that participate in Super Tuesday. In 2008, Super Tuesday was held on Feb. 5 and 24 states held their primary or caucus that day.
For the Republicans, Donald Trump won Georgia, Vermont, Virginia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Arkansas and Alaska. Senator Ted Cruz won Texas, and Oklahoma. Meanwhile Marco Rubio celebrated his own victory by winning Minnesota.
On the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton won Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia, Texas and Georgia. Bernie Sanders won his own state, Vermont as well as Oklahoma and Colorado.
Governor John Kasich and Dr. Ben Carson did not call any states their own after Super Tuesday. At this point, Donald Trump has 382 delegates, Ted Cruz has 300, Marco Rubio has 128, John Kasich has 35 and Dr. Ben Carson has 8. In order to win the Republican nomination, 1,237 delegates are needed.
Governor John Kasich did predict that Donald Trump was going to win Super Tuesday. Kasich has said many times that he believes he will win his own state, Ohio, which holds its primary on March 15. He stated that a win in Ohio would give his campaign the momentum it needs.
Hillary Clinton has 1,304 delegates meanwhile Bernie Sanders has 408. For the Democratic nomination, 2,383 delegates are needed. It is still predicted that the race will tighten between Bernie and Hillary as the primaries continue.
While there is still a long way to go, Super Tuesday is a good indication of how the candidates will do down the road. The last primary isn’t until June so we are hardly halfway through the primary season. At this rate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are setting a definitive lead.