Super Tuesday Recap

Addi Westpheling, A&E Editor

Five states held their primary elections on March 1, a day known as “Super Tuesday”. This year’s Super Tuesday was a very critical point for candidates in the election of 2016. Super Tuesday resulted in big wins for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. These wins were so significant that Super Tuesday was starting to be called “Separation Tuesday” in regards to the not-so-close results.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton solidified her leading spot in the Democratic race and got one step closer to securing the Democratic nomination in the November election. Clinton had significant wins in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Arizona, but also very close wins in Illinois and Missouri against her Democratic competitor, Bernie Sanders who won Utah and Idaho. Clinton is the clear leader in the Democratic race with 1,637 delegates compared to Sander’s 928 delegates.

Republican candidate Donald Trump came out on top of the Republican race after huge wins in Florida, North Carolina, Missouri and Illinois. A loss against John Kasich in Ohio hurt Trump’s almost secure spot as the Republican nominee. Trump is currently in the lead with 744 delegates, Ted Cruz is trailing behind him in second place with 468 delegates. After a depressing loss in his home state of Florida, Marco Rubio suspended his campaign in which he was third place behind Cruz with 172 delegates.

For the Democratic nomination, Clinton needs 2,383 delegates in total and for the Republican nomination Trump needs 1,237 in total. With Clinton having a current number of 1,689 delegates she is well on her way to securing her spot as the Democratic nominee. As far as Republicans go, there is much more room for competition, but Trump has a strong lead with 739 delegates. Cruz is in a far second with 465 and Kasich behind in third with only 143.

With a high number of available delegates on both Democratic and Republican sides there is still a lot of competition between candidates for those votes to win the nomination. Even though Clinton and Trump seem to be clear winners now, a lot can happen in the months to come. Make sure to keep yourself updated in the race to the 2016 election in November.