A Super Tuesday

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: A supporter of American Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders waves a sign with the slogan "Bernie For President" during a Super Tuesday rally in Parliament Square on March 1, 2016 in London, England. Super Tuesday is a day in the United States presidential primary season where a large number of states hold their primary elections. American citizens abroad are allowed to vote for their chosen candidate at local polling centres. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Written by Luke Herzog

March 1, 2016 was no ordinary Tuesday in the political world. Indeed, last Tuesday was Super Tuesday — perhaps the most consequential day in the entire primary process.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton, as expected, came away with many decisive victories over her opponent Senator Bernie Sanders. While Clinton swept the South with the help of the black vote, Sanders only won in Vermont (his home-state), Oklahoma, Colorado, and Minnesota respectively. One particularly bitter loss for the senator was the state of Massachusetts, a New England state with demographics that appeared to favor Sanders. While he’s had a lot of momentum and support from the youth vote, the chance of a Sanders nomination is appearing increasingly slim.

 

Delegate Totals:

 

Clinton — 595 Pledged Delegates

 

Sanders — 405 Pledged Delegates

 

(2,383 needed for nomination)

 

Like the polls suggested, Donald Trump was the big winner on the Republican side, garnering the majority support in all but four of the eleven states voting. One of the many occurrences that make Trump a political curiosity (to say the least) is his wide range of support geographically. The businessman won everywhere from Massachusetts to Alabama. That isn’t to say that he did exceptionally well — many would assert he slightly underperformed. His opponent, Ted Cruz, took his home-state of Texas, but also snatched Oklahoma and Alaska majorities. John Kasich nearly beat out Trump in Vermont. Marco Rubio got his first victory in the state of Minnesota.

The establishment seems to have decided to back Rubio, but his numbers have been less than intimidating. Scoring third almost across the board, the senator is having difficulty making headway. A recent poll even showed Trump beating him in Florida, his home-state.

But with 319 delegates, Trump is well on his way to winning the Republican nomination. That said, this election has been full of surprises: who knows what could be in store? As many pundits have pointed out, Trump could be hammering the final nail in the Republican party’s coffin.

Almost never has a candidate been so divisive. Republican Senator Ben Sasse has made it clear publicly that he would refuse to support Trump in the event of his nomination, even warning that he might leave the party altogether. Rumors have even begun circulating that a GOP senator is planning on endorsing Clinton instead of Trump.  Lindsey Graham, a former candidate himself, called his own party “batsh*t crazy.” Mitt Romney is scheduled to make a major announcement regarding the election on March 3 — could it have implications for the Republican party’s future? Only time will tell.

 

Delegate Totals:

 

Trump — 336 Pledged Delegates

 

Cruz — 234 Pledged Delegates

 

Rubio — 113 Pledged Delegates

 

Kasich — 27 Pledged Delegates

 

(1,237 needed for nomination)