Super Tuesday was just that for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – super. As voters in eleven states across the country turned out to vote for the candidates they felt best represented them, 595 Republican delegates and 865 Democratic delegates were at stake. These figures represent nearly half of the delegate count needed to secure the Republican nomination and approximately one third of the amount necessary to secure the Democratic nod. As such, the impressive performances of both Trump and Clinton seem to indicate that the primary races may be all but over at this point, as they amassed delegate counts that will be tough to surpass.
Trump won big in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, leaving him with a delegate count of nearly 100 more than that of Cruz, the current second place candidate. Cruz, however, performed well in his home state of Texas, a key state with 155 Republican delegates. Rubio, the third place Republican candidate, saw little success last night, as he was able to beat both Trump and Cruz in only one state – Minnesota. He has expressed hope and confidence, however, as Florida, his own home state, will be holding primaries in coming weeks.
For Democrats, of eleven states, Hillary won seven. This may not seem like a huge victory, except one must consider the fact that the states she won provided her with a delegate count that is roughly 600 more than that of Sanders. For many pundits and politicos, it appears that Sanders’ campaign may be on its way out, unless they can pull out immense victories in upcoming primaries as the race shifts to the North and Midwest.
While the race is not yet over by any means, the successes that Trump and Clinton saw last night indicate that they may have the momentum necessary to secure the delegate counts required to obtain their respective parties’ nominations very soon. Both candidates spoke at post-Super Tuesday press conferences as though they were already general election candidates.
“Once we get all of this finished, I’m going to go after one person, and that’s Hillary Clinton,” Trump said at a press conference in Florida. “I think that’s frankly going to be an easy race.”
Clinton, too, looked past her primary election competition and focused on Trump. “America never stopped being great,” she said, mocking Trump’s campaign slogan. “We have to make America whole.”
Do the successes of Trump and Clinton indicate that the primary races may be nearly over? What do you think about a Trump v. Clinton general election?