Donald Trump is poised for a huge Super Tuesday, with polls showing the Republican frontrunner holding onto leads in a majority of races and a chance to essentially end the race.
Trump has been building his lead against his GOP opponents since the start of the race, following up a somewhat surprising loss in the Iowa caucus with an unbroken string of victories leading into Tuesday, when 11 states will vote.
Polls show that Trump is not only leading in the majority of these states, but has a chance to shut out his opponents as candidates must win at least 20 percent to gain any delegates in the four largest states. His closest opponent, Marco Rubio, is below that threshold in all four states, while Ted Cruz is behind in three, the Hill reported.
His popularity cuts across regions. Donald Trump has a strong chance to sweep all delegates in Alabama, where polls show him with 36 percent support. He holds large leads in Georgia and Massachusetts as well, polling reveals. One of his only challenges could come in Texas, Ted Cruz’s home state.
If he can deliver on the polling numbers, Donald Trump could have the nomination all but wrapped up after Tuesday. More of Trump’s opponents would likely drop out after Super Tuesday, and Trump so far has shown an ability to pick up many of the displaced voters.
The race appears to be wrapping up on the other side of the aisle as well, with Hillary Clinton turning in a much better than expected win in South Carolina against Bernie Sanders, and now close to sealing her own nomination.
With her own victory in sight, Hillary Clinton has turned her attention away from Bernie Sanders and to Donald Trump, taking on the real estate magnate in her victory speech.
“We don’t need to make America great again — America has never stopped being great,” Clinton said in her victory speech (via CNN), taking on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. “But we do need to make America whole again. Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers. We need to show by everything we do that we really are in this together.”
The attack could reveal Clinton’s strategy against Trump, taking on his divisive statements and tapping into the deep-seeded hatred of Trump among a large swath of voters.
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— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) February 28, 2016
Vox pointed out the following.
“Trump, however, isn’t simply loathed among Democrats. He’s also disliked by independents, and he’s controversial even among Republicans. Forty-two percent of independents, and 24 percent of Republicans, have a very unfavorable view of Trump. The numbers for Rubio are 24 percent and 9 percent, respectively.
“Making Clinton’s job even easier is that Trump’s message is, itself, divisive — it’s soaked in racial resentment and xenophobia, and delivered through insults and angry rants. It’s also, crucially, understood by mediating institutions like the press to be a divisive message. Trump’s candidacy is (correctly) covered as an unusually ugly, rage-powered phenomenon.”
But even with a big lead in the polls and the nomination not far away, Donald Trump could face other challenges from within the GOP. There are a growing number of party insiders fearful that his candidacy could lead to huge losses for the party, and a group of powerful Republicans led by Karl Rove are reportedly trying to knock Trump out of the race.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 28, 2016
The efforts have not been successful so far, as Donald Trump remains atop the polls and wildly popular with GOP primary voters, but it could hurt very much as he shifts to the general election and would need to lean on the party establishment for funding and support.
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