Super Tuesday Results

'Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.' by Gage Skidmore
Photograph: 'Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.' by Cage Skidmore / CC

The Super Tuesday results are in and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have come out as the big winners. The results weren’t too surprising as recent polls have shown them leading in major states. Below is the breakdown of the delegates each candidate won in each state.


Trump
Cruz
Rubio
Kasich
Carson
Clinton
Sanders
Alabama
28
2
37
4
Alaska
11
12
5
Arkansas
13
9
6
18
7
Colorado
24
33
Georgia
36
14
11
66
23
Massachusetts
22
4
8
8
45
43
Minnesota
8
12
12
24
42
Oklahoma
12
14
11
16
20
Tennessee
30
12
2
40
22
Texas
20
57
122
48
Vermont
6
6
10
Virginia
17
8
16
5
3
61
32
Total
203
144
71
19
3
453
284


On the Republican side, the clear winner was Donald Trump. Many were shocked that he was able to win states in the South but it’s clear that many Americans are ready for someone new; they want an outsider. In Alabama, 63% of voters who supported someone outside the establishment were Trump supporters, in Tennessee that was 67%, and in Massachusetts that was 72%. Looking at these figures it’s no surprise then how he was able to resonate with so many people and thus get that many votes. Trump gave a victory speech at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach Florida. He was introduced by Chris Christie, who recently endorsed him, and who strongly voiced his support for the Trump campaign. Trump started off by congratulating Cruz on his win in Texas, saying how he deserved it and that he worked very hard for it. He pointed out that Rubio had a tough night and he also expressed his disappointment in Marco Rubio’s recent behavior towards him. Trump also reconfirmed that he is very confident that he can beat Hillary Clinton and he doesn’t think that Rubio or Cruz would be able to do it. He concluded that he was happy with his performance as he won in most states, and the ones he didn’t win, he came out second.

Despite Rubio winning one state, it wasn’t the best night for him. Many believed he would have been able to win in states like Virginia and maybe do better than third place in other states. He was able to win in the state of Minnesota, but he’s still in third place behind Cruz and Trump. In his speech he wasted no time to attack Trump. He started off by calling him a “con artist” and he criticized Trump for being neutral when it comes to Israel and Palestine. Rubio went on to emphasize that if he wins he will always support Israel and that on his first day in office he will cancel the deal with Iran and every single one of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders and that he will follow the constitution. He also spoke in Spanish for a while and finished off by saying that “we are ready to turn America around and usher in the new American century.”

Ted Cruz gave a decent performance, especially because he was able to win the biggest prize of the night: Texas. Cruz needed this win because everyone can see how Trump is leading in national polls and how he keeps winning many states. Even though Cruz won in three states, the amount of delegates he got in Oklahoma and Alaska where very close to the amount Trump won. Luckily for him, Texas is keeping his campaign alive and in a strong second place. Like Rubio, Cruz also took the opportunity to attack Donald Trump in his speech, but he went much harder than Marco did. He said his campaign is the only one who has beaten and can beat Trump again in the future: “Head to head our campaign beats Donald Trump resoundingly, but for that to happen we must come together.” It got ugly when he called Trump profane and vulgar and pointed out that he has had a lifelong pattern of using government power for personal gain. It was clear that he was going after Trump to try and get people to turn against him and instead come join the Cruz movement. He said Trump funded the Gang of Eight and that he supports Planned Parenthood. He also accused Trump of not being serious about his plans for immigration and building the wall, buyonlinegenericmeds.com/products/cymbalta saying that apparently there’s a secret tape where Donald Trump himself says that he will be flexible and not build the wall or deport illegal aliens. However, in an interview with Fox News Trump clearly said that although some small aspects of the plan could be negotiable, the actual building of the wall is “not negotiable” and that “we need a border, we need a wall.” Will Cruz’s attacks work? Probably not, especially if they’re not all completely true. Everyone who has tried to go after Trump has yet to see real results of Trump’s support starting to fade, but only time will tell if he’ll come out on top or not. 

Cruz isn’t the only one who wants to see the Trump ‘problem’ go away. Big Republican donors have been coming together to create a strong “anti-Trump super PAC”. Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Chicago Cubs owner Todd Ricketts and hedge fund manager Paul Singer have reportedly been encouraging people to donate to the PAC. Their goal is to stop the Trump momentum and there will be additional focus on Trump’s words and business record, according to officials with the group. Historian Jon Meacham stated that Trump’s takeover of the Republican party has no precedent in American history: “Donald Trump has managed to hijack an entire political party, and the pilots are asking why no one is on their side. The passengers are cheering for the guy who took over the plane.” However, the problem will come if Trump actually gets the Republican nomination. If he does, then the establishment has to stand behind him and support him, and if they don’t, they will be potentially ruining their chances of getting into the White House. They will have to weigh out what is more important for them; personal differences or the opportunity to influence the future of the entire country.

On the side of the Democrats, Hillary Clinton clearly won big, very big. She was able to get a total of 453 delegates, which brings her grand total to 1,001. The results aren’t very surprising, but Bernie will have to make sure he starts winning more delegates soon if he doesn’t want Hillary to get the nomination. Clinton, like Trump, was also in Florida to give her victory speech. She started off by congratulating Bernie Sanders on his win in his hometown of Vermont. She stated that America has never stopped being great but that we have to make America “whole” again. She said that she believes that America needs more love and kindness, and instead of building walls we have to break down barriers and build ladders of opportunity and empowerment.

The race for the Democratic nomination is still between two strong candidates, as Bernie Sanders could still catch up if he manages to secure wins these coming crucial weeks. In his speech, he said that his campaign is about making a political revolution, about bringing millions of people into the political process working people, the disillusioned, and young people who have never been involved. He emphasized the importance of bringing people together, be they black, latino, white, Asian-American, gay and straight, born in U.S or emigrated. Sanders has been able to do very well with young people, but so far it hasn’t been enough to prevent Hillary from winning most states.

What about the other candidates? It seems as though everyone is only talking about Clinton and Sanders on one side, and Trump, Cruz, and Rubio on the other side. Even though Kasich was able to do quite well in Vermont and Massachusetts, his total amount of delegates pales in comparison with the frontrunners. The same counts for Ben Carson but his case has become a bit more serious now. He was only able to get 3 delegates on Super Tuesday, and it wouldn’t be surprising if we hear about his campaign suspension soon.

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Gabriela Bernal 23 Articles
Gabriela Bernal is interested in politics, international relations, and terrorism. She is pursuing a degree in political science and plans on pursuing her postgraduate studies in the U.K. She likes to write, read, play tennis, travel, and learn new languages.

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