Even with eleven states holding elections, the 2016 Texas primary Super Tuesday results stand alone for both Republicans and Democrats as a delegate goldmine.
UPDATE: Ted Cruz has emerged as the projected winner of the Republican 2016 Texas Super Tuesday primary, coming in more than 10 percent ahead of Donald Trump, with 1 percent of districts reporting.
Hillary Clinton also appears to have scored a clear victory. She more than doubled the vote held by Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, also with 1 percent of districts reporting.
The Lone Star state holds a massive 252 delegates for Democrats and 155 for Republicans. For both parties, those Texas primary numbers are only beaten out by California and New York — both of which will hold their 2016 nomination process long after Super Tuesday.
Still, it’s worth noting that California’s mammoth population gives it double the power of the Texas primary on the Democrats’ side with 546 delegates, and Florida and Pennsylvania don’t trail behind far with 246 and 210 to offer respectively. For Hillary Clinton, that’s great news as she’s holding between a 20 and 40 percent spread over Bernie Sanders, previously reported Inquisitr. Despite their weight, the results of those states come much later than Super Tuesday 2016; Californians don’t vote until June 7.
On the Republican side, the 2016 Texas primary is practically unrivaled. Even though California does have a slim lead in delegates with a count of 172, it’s only a mere 17-man gain on Texas. Furthermore, it’s also pushed back to the summer like the Democratic event; as opposed to the central figure of Super Tuesday, the most closely watched day of the nomination process. Not a single other state even cracks 100, though Florida and New York come close with 99 and 95.
That means Super Tuesday could render the thunder of California’s primaries an insignificant rumble in the overall scheme of things. Texans, and the rest of the citizens heading to 2016 election polls, appear to be set to make definitive choices if surveys turn out to be correct for both Democrats and Republicans. Come Wednesday morning, the American public could easily be looking at a Hillary versus Donald Trump face-off in November.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and the party heads awaiting the primary are well aware of the fact. Super Tuesday 2016 gives the territory a moment to bask in its increased profile compared to its more densely populated brother California. Even though almost all the rest of the primaries taking place are looking like a surefire victory for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz has enjoyed a lead on his nemesis in the polls — some calling a win for him by as much as 11 or as little 3 points. Current governor Greg Abbott’s endorsement may have something to do with that, reported Dallas Morning News.
“This is our time to turn out for our candidate. Texas has the ability to have a Texas-sized impact on the future course of the presidential primaries. If all Texans turn out and vote in a large number, Ted Cruz is going to be leaving the state of Texas with the wind at his back. Ted Cruz has the opportunity of Tuesday to turn this into a two-person race. And we know that if this is a two-person race, the person who is going to be the victor is Ted Cruz.”
Check back to this article for the 2016 Texas primary Super Tuesday results to see how many delegates both Republicans and Democrats racked up.
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