Florida, Ohio, and three other crucial states go to the polls March 15 on the latest “Super Tuesday” presidential primary election, and all the results will stream live, as Donald Trump and Bernie face perhaps the most important day of their campaigns — for very different reasons.
For Trump, the March 15 Republican primaries — also held in Illinois, North Carolina, and Missouri — will show whether the ongoing controversy over violence at his rallies and the way Trump himself has egged on the mayhem has had any effect on his standing with voters, in either a positive or negative way.
But more importantly for Trump’s campaign, the primary results on March 15 will either put Trump on what would almost certainly be an unstoppable course to the Republican nomination — or if they don’t go his way, particularly in Ohio, plunge him into a long, drawn-out race that could take weeks to resolve and possibly even result in a “brokered convention.”
That latter possibility would result only if Trump fails to secure the necessary 1,237 delegates required to clinch the nomination by the time the primary season ends on June 7. In that case, with no candidate coming into the convention with a majority, the nomination will be decided by political backroom maneuvering at the convention itself.
But on Tuesday, Trump appears to be in trouble in only one state, Ohio, where the Real Clear Politics polling average shows the state’s governor, John Kasich, with a slight edge of 3.4 percentage points.
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To get results in both Republican and Democratic Super Tuesday primary election voting, stay tuned to any of the live stream videos below, or continue reading for more streaming links and results information.
Voting began in Ohio at 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Polls begin closing at 7 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Pacific, when Florida shuts down. That state is the biggest prize of the day, with 99 delegates on the Republican side in a winner-take-all race, and 246 for the Democrats who divide their delegates proportionally.
Most media outlets begin to stream live coverage of the primary election results at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3 p.m. Pacific. ABC News Go will provide coverage in the following video.
For a right-leaning look at the primary election results, watch the live stream from the conservative news service, Newsmax.
Finally, an alternative video link to a live stream of election results and coverage, from UStream.
For Bernie Sanders, the latest edition of Super Tuesday will demonstrate whether or not his campaign-shattering upset of Hillary Clinton in Michigan last week was a statistical fluke, or whether it showed that polling has genuinely underestimated the “revolution” that the self-proclaimed “anti-establishment” candidate says he has created.
Sanders, according to polling, trails badly to frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Florida, where the FiveThirtyEight.com polling average puts him behind by 29.2 percentage points. The one hopeful sign for Sanders is that the polling trends show a sharp upswing for Sanders over the past week, while Clinton’s numbers dropped.
That could indicate a better performance than expected from the underdog candidate. Nonetheless, coming into the primary election day trailing Clinton by 223 delegates, Sanders will need more than morale-boosting, closer-than-expected showings. He needs not only to win states such as Florida, he needs to win them by large, double-digit margins to gain enough delegates to close the gap on Clinton.
His best hope to make that happen on Tuesday comes in Illinois, where Sanders still trails Clinton by seven points in the FiveThirtyEight average. But Illinois is also where Sanders has shown his most dramatic rise — and Clinton her most stomach-churning drop — with Sanders cutting the former Secretary of State’s lead down from nearly 30 points just in the past five days. Politics watchers will not be surprised to see Sanders come away with a victory there, at least.
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To get live, constantly updated raw results from the 2016 Florida, Ohio, and other three “Super Tuesday 3” primary elections — without commentary or video — go to the Washington Post at this link, or Politico at this link.
Live streaming feeds with commentary and immediate results from the three major cable news networks are also available online, although they mostly require login credentials. Find the CNN feed at this link, MSNBC here at this link, and Fox News by clicking here. Or try this alternative link for live Super Tuesday 3 primary results. Viewers who want their Florida, Ohio, and other primary election results in a live stream without the bells and whistles — or commercials — of network TV can access C-SPAN live coverage at this link, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, 4 p.m. Pacific.
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