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What You Need to Know About the Super Tuesday Results

Super Tuesday, in which primary election results came in from 12 more states, just happened. Usually, the winners give us a telltale sign of who will be the nominee for each party. If you missed out on the action, here’s what you need to know about the results:

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Had the Clear Victories

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump definitely had a good showing on Tuesday. Clinton walked away with eight of the 12 victories, and more than 500 delegates. She won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, according to the The New York Times. “We have come too far to stop now…we have to keep going, keep working, keep breaking those barriers and imagine what we can build together when each and every American has the chance to live up to his or her own God-given potential,” Clinton said to a crowd after her victory, according to BuzzFeed News

Meanwhile, Donald Trump picked up wins in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. BuzzFeed News reported that Trump held a press conference after his win on Super Tuesday, talking about everything from Common Core and international policy. He called for the “Republican party [to] get together and unify,” promising that “nobody can stop us.”


Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Pulled Some Wins of Their Own

Ted Cruz won in his home state of Texas, along with Alaska and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Marco Rubio won in Minnesota by 8 percent. These wins added more delegates under these candidates’ belts, but overall didn’t do much to chip away at Trump’s lead. The New York Times reported that on Wednesday morning, Donald was leading in the GOP with 319 delegates, while Cruz had 226 and Rubio had 110 (In order to get the nomination, a candidate need 1,237 delegates). John Kasich did not win any of the Super Tuesday states—although he came close in Vermont—and remains with 25 delegates.

Bernie Sanders Still Has a Chance

Four states felt the “Bern” on Tuesday—Sanders won in Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and, of course, Vermont (He’s a Senator there). Currently, Sanders has 427 delegates total, compared to Clinton’s 1,052 (you need 2,383 to win the nomination).

According to BuzzFeed News, Sanders told a crowd in Vermont that he is still competitive since there are still a lot of delegates that can be won.


Ben Carson Will Probably Drop Out

“I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results,” Carson said in a statement, according to the The New York Times. He also announced that he would skip the GOP debate on Thursday evening in Detroit. Ben Carson only has eight of the delegates, trailing Trump by…a lot. Although he has not officially dropped out of the primaries, Carson’s statement is making everyone think he will. His campaign promised more details in a speech on Friday.

The next set of primary elections and caucuses are on Saturday, including Kansas, Kentucky (Republican caucus), Louisiana, Maine (Republican caucus), and Nebraska (Democratic Caucus). While Trump and Clinton may have the leads, the race for the nomination is still close (there’s still time for Never Trump, everyone!) 

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Bridget Higgins

U Mass Amherst

Bridget is a senior Journalism major focusing on political journalism at UMass Amherst. She interned for the HC editorial team, writes columns for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, and occasionally gets a freelance article or two on sailing published by Ocean Navigator Magazine. When she isn't greeting random puppies on the street, she loves to cook for her friends, perpetuate her coffee addiction, and spend too much time crafting Tweets. She is also an avid fan of chocolate anything and unnecessary pillows. If you want to know more about Bridget, follow her on Instagram - @bridget_higgins - or Twitter - @bridgehiggins
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