The votes are in and Super Tuesday is officially over. The big winners of the day were Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with Sanders and Cruz trailing behind them. Both candidates managed to pull in seven states for their respective campaigns.
Both candidates won by impressive margins and pilled on their delegate count. However, they both did not deliver a decisive blow to their competitors. At least not in a way that could effectively lead one to conclude that they are to be their parties inevitable nominees. The race for the nomination is far from over and could drag on until the summer.
Hillary Clinton (D)
Clinton was successful in the more conservative red states like Texas, Arkansas, and Virginia, but lost in liberal-ish places like Minnesota, Vermont and Colorado. In the places where she was successful, she effectively won the minority vote. She was able to solidify herself as the front-runner. The New York Times recently published an article claiming that after wins in South Carolina and impressive Super Tuesday expectations, Democrats had ended their “flirtation” with Sanders and were returning to Clinton after realizing her nomination is now a very strong possibility.
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Sanders took a hard beating during Super Tuesday. It was expected that he would lose more states than his competitor, but the margins of his loses and the demographics of his opponent’s voters were crushing. He proved that he does well in very liberal states; as we move into similarly liberal states along the coasts and Midwest, we could have a turn of events as he secures possible victories. But catching up will be hard now that he is at a major delegate disadvantage. Clinton launched herself into undisputed first place, he will have to create more momentum for his campaign if he hopes to stay afloat. After Super Tuesday, he could return to using the underdog position to his advantage.
Donald J. Trump (R)
Much to the dismay of Democrats and establishment Republicans alike, Trump came out victorious during Super Tuesday. The hot-headed Republican nominee caught victories in the deep south and the east coast. His delegate count highly exceeds that of his closest competitor, Ted Cruz. His victories are unifying the Republican party. I bet you never though you’d hear this. But yes! The Republican party is unifying…against Trump…to take him down. After Super Tuesday results rolled in, Lindsey Graham stated that the party must rally behind Cruz to take down Trump, a man who the GOP establishment views as dangerous to the party. Despite Trump’s high polling amongst Republicans, in general election polls he loses to both Sanders and Clinton.
Ted Cruz (R-Tx.)
Cruz was able to score two more victories, adding to his win in Iowa. He won his home state of Texas and Oklahoma. This is enough to keep his campaign afloat for now but in the long run he will have to do better and start actually winning if he wants to stay in the race. The Texas Republican is very unpopular amongst Washington politicians but he is the best chance the Republicans have of stopping Trump from winning the nomination. Cruz is successful against Clinton in general election matchup polls but loses to Sanders.
Marco Rubio (R-Fl.)
Rubio finally got his first taste of victory during this primary season. He was able to secure a victory in Minnesota. Rubio is the establishment favorite in Washington, but his campaign has been mostly unsuccessful. This week he attempted “Trump-like” behavior in hopes of pulling support during Super Tuesday, an act which mostly backfired. Rubio stated during his speech after Super Tuesday that he would see his campaign through until he was President of the United States, a goal which is very unlikely at this point. Rubio was dubbed by many as the big loser of the night.
Ben Carson (R), John Kasich (R-Oh.)
Both candidates were not able to secure a single victory during Super Tuesday. Kasich came in second in Massachusetts and Vermont and was able to score a decent amount of delegates but it was not enough to boost his campaign significantly. It was predicted that after Super Tuesday both candidates could drop out, as of now there have been no confirmations from the candidate’s campaigns.