Who won the Super Tuesday 2016 races?
With Democrats and Republicans turning out in more than a dozen states, the results show that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are taking huge leaps forward, more than likely locking up their nominations with big wins against their beleaguered opponents.
Tuesday is undoubtedly the most important day so far, with 12 states in total, plus the Democratic contests in American Samoa and for Democrats abroad. Both Democrats and Republicans will be voting in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. Republicans also have a contest in Alaska, while Democrats vote in Colorado.
The voting will be spread out across the evening, so voters won’t be able to know who won all the Super Tuesday primaries until well into the early morning hours on Wednesday.
[Full Super Tuesday 2016 results can be found below]
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is expected to sweep the southern states and is ahead in close races in Colorado and Massachusetts, while Bernie Sanders is ahead by close to 70 points in his home state of Vermont. Sanders is hoping for upsets in the close races to keep his campaign going.
But even before the question of who won the Super Tuesday races was known, Hillary Clinton already began shifting her focus away from Bernie Sanders and to the general election. This week she took aim at the entire Republican field, noting that they are more concerned with personal attacks than discussing issues.
“I speak out against bigotry and bullying wherever I hear it, and I hear a lot of it from Republican candidates,” Clinton told reporters Tuesday (via USA Today). “They seem to have forgotten completely about the issues and are running campaigns on insults. It’s turned into a one-upmanship on insulting.”
On the Republican side, Donald Trump is favored in the majority of the Super Tuesday races, although Ted Cruz will likely perform well in his home state of Texas.
But Trump could face other problems. There is word of a growing revolution within the party as insiders are trying to knock off his campaign. The Republican elite and many Conservatives are concerned that he will sink the GOP in November. Trump is seen as a liability by many, who read about his high unfavorability numbers and fear that it could lead to blowout losses not only in the presidential race but also in the House and Senate.
Reports indicate that Karl Rove is leading the push against Trump, with many others joining in with hopes of putting a chink in his armor. Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, wrote in a Facebook post that he would never back Trump, and instead, would back a third-party candidate if he were to face Hillary Clinton.
Senator Sasse was quite blunt about his rejection of Trump as the Republican candidate for president in 2016.
” My current answer for who I would support in a hypothetical matchup between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton is: Neither of them. I sincerely hope we select one of the other GOP candidates, but if Donald Trump ends up as the GOP nominee, conservatives will need to find a third option.”
But once the question of who won the Super Tuesday primaries is answered, there may by no stopping Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton, for that matter.
Here is the hour-by-hour schedule for when polls close.
7 p.m. ET
Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner on the Democratic side, and Donald Trump has won on the Republican side.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are declared the winners, both by significant margins.
Bernie Sanders has won by a wide margin, with early totals showing him with 90 percent of the votes. The final tally will be important as he can shut Hillary Clinton out of receiving any delegates if he can reach 85 percent.
8 p.m. ET
Bernie Sanders has been declared the winner on the Democratic side, and Ted Cruz is the Republican winner.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been declared the winners.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been declared winners.
Donald Trump has been declared the winner on the Republican side. The Democratic race is too close to call, but Hillary Clinton is in the lead.
8:30 p.m. ET
Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner on the Democratic side, and Donald Trump has won the Republican race.
9 p.m. ET
Ted Cruz has won the Republican race while Hillary Clinton is the Democratic winner.
Bernie Sanders is the winner.
Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders are winners.
12 a.m. ET
Ted Cruz has been declared the winner.
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