Super Tuesday was an interesting night for politics and we certainly learned a lot about the future of this Presidential race. Today I will be highlighting some of the key aspects from last nights’ nail-biter primary, and hopefully clearing some questions anyone may have about the future of the candidates.
I must first applaud the media for covering the event every second of the way, updating us constantly on which candidate won what state, and by what percent.
Here are some of my takeaways from last night:
-Hilary Clinton did not win the nomination like she would have wanted to, but the gap is stretching farther between her and Senator Sanders. Clinton won Alabama (78 percent), Arkansas (66 percent), Georgia (71 percent), Massachusetts (50 percent), Tennessee (66 percent), Texas (65 percent), and Virginia (64 percent). From the analysis we can point out a few very important factors. Hilary won the southern states, which is a clear indication senator Sanders lost with the African American/Black vote. Massachusetts was also a very important state Clinton won that could have easily gone either way. The former Secretary of State won by only 17,000 votes, which will sure be a pain in Bernie Sanders’ side as he looks forward.
-Bernie Sanders was able to come away with a few states, but last night certainly showed the Vermont Senator has a lot of work to do if he wants to win this election. He was able to salvage Colorado (59 percent), Minnesota (62 percent), Oklahoma (52 percent), and his home state of Vermont (86 percent). If the Senator would have been able to grab Massachusetts from Clinton, the state count for Super Tuesday would have been a respectable six to five in Clinton’s favor. If that was the case, Sanders could have some peace of mind going into next few weeks, but because he is behind 191 delegates from last nights’ election, he will need to really push for the nomination.
Overall: The race is still close for the democratic party, but Hilary Clinton has a confident lead. If Bernie Sanders can clinch Michigan on March 8, he has a chance to come back. The Clinton campaign would have loved to solidify the nomination last night, but unfortunately work still needs to be done before the Vermont socialist is off of their shoulder.
I’m going to predict that sometime this week, we will see John Kasich and Ben Carson end their campaigns. Neither of the candidates where able to come off with a single state, pulling them miles behind Rubio, Cruz and Trump. Donald Trump had an impressive night as he walked away with seven states and over 300 delegates. Texas Senator Ted Cruz was able to salvage three states, including his home. The importance of Texas for the election last night was extremely pivotal. Texas provides 155 delegates, and Cruz’s win in his home state has kept the Senator alive. The delegate count for Trump and Cruz is 316 to 226 respectably. Marco Rubio had a night to forget as he only pulled the state of Minnesota with a low majority vote of 37 percent. His performance last night just wasn’t good enough and at this point in time, we are looking at a Trump/Cruz fight for the nomination.
Overall: Donald Trump is pulling away with major support from the South and I don’t see this trend dying down in the next few weeks. Cruz was able to pull away three states, but compared to Trump’s seven, the gap between the republican rivals is pulling away farther and farther. Unfortunately for the young and energetic Marco Rubio, this just isn’t his election. The only way Rubio survives, is with wins in the next few moderate republican states which include Michigan and Florida. If that doesn’t happen, Rubio will drop out of the race soon after.
Last night was extremely fun to follow, and I sure learned a lot about the direction this race is heading. Michigan will be a very important state leading into Ohio and Florida for both parties. There is still hope for Sanders, Cruz and Rubio, but the next few weeks will certainly determine how far they can go in this race.