Super Tuesday Results

This year’s Super Tuesday took place on March 3.

States that participated included: Virginia, Vermont, Georgia, Massachusetts, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas and Minnesota. Alaska also held its Republican caucus and Colorado held a caucus for Republicans and Democrats.

The results showed that on the Democratic side Clinton won seven states, leaving the rest to Sanders with Vermont. (his home state) along with Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Colorado.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump pulled ahead in Super Tuesday with seven states. Ted Cruz won three states and Marco Rubio was the winner of Minnesota.

The number of delegates, or people who are elected to be a representative, are the key in winning the primaries. Although the candidates won certain states, these states are divided up in terms of the amount of delegates received.

The number of delegates needed to clinch a party nominee depends on the party and the number of people running for that party.

On the Republican side 1,237 delegates or a majority of the total amount of delegates are needed to win the race. Trump is leading with somewhere around 300 delegates with Ted Cruz coming behind him with about 200 delegates.

Coming in third place on the Republican side is Rubio with about 100. Ben Carson, who has nowhere near the numbers of the top-three candidates, has decided he will not be on the campaign trail anymore and is most likely to drop out of the race all together.

As for the Democrats, 2,383 delegates are needed to win. After Super Tuesday, Hilary Clinton has about 1,000 of those and Bernie Sanders is coming in around 400 delegates.

As candidates gain more delegates, it will be harder to beat them. If Donald Trump keeps getting big wins, he will have more delegates and more momentum making it harder for the Republicans to beat him.

There are a number of state primaries coming up with a large number of delegates.

The Republican Party allows a winner takes all delegates in certain states, such as Florida and Ohio. Meaning these delegates do not get split up, like they would on the Democratic side.

More big primaries are coming up and it will be interesting to see who takes the most delegates and if those in the lead now will stay there.