Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump: So Much Winning
With a lion's share of delegates up for grabs, Super Tuesday was when things got real.
Twelve states (and, of course, American Samoa) went to the polls on Tuesday in a veritable frenzy of democracy. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the unsurprising victors—with Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders grabbing a couple wins just to keep things interesting.
Clinton won Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Georgia and Massachusetts, with Sanders picking up a huge win in his home state of Vermont—and later grabbing Oklahoma, Colorado and Minnesota. On the GOP side, Donald Trump won big, racking up Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts and Tennessee. Virginia, touted as one state where Marco Rubio could prosper, also went to the Donald. Ted Cruz, as expected, took his home state of Texas, and neighboring state Oklahoma. He also won Alaska by a slim margin over Trump. Rubio (finally) won a whole state, Minnesota.
Here’s how the candidates stacked up with everything that’s been tallied.
By the time the final tallies are in, 661 delegates will be doled out to Republicans on Super Tuesday, more than half the total amount required to secure the nomination (1,237). A whopping 155 of those delegates are in Texas, which Cruz won but not with a big enough lead to take the entire haul.
Already, the race was a game of catch-up for every non-Trump in the Republican field. Starting the day with 82 delegates in the bag, more than four times his nearest rival, Trump hit new heights Tuesday night—increasing his broad coalition and making his winning the nomination more secure.
In the Democratic race, close to 900 delegates hung in the balance on Super Tuesday. Clinton was, again, the chip leader with 90 delegates to her name at the starting point, to Sanders’ 65. (Clinton had also racked up hundreds of superdelegates—Democratic party leaders and elected officials who also get votes at the convention and who aren’t bound by any election results—leaving Sanders in the dust on that score.)