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Super Tuesday Results And Roundup

| by Robert Fowler
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The voters of Super Tuesday have spoken, and it was a good night for both Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

While Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas emerged with a respectable amount of delegates, voter turnout for Clinton and Trump firmly established them as the ones to beat in their respective party primaries.

Clinton swept the southern contests, winning seven states, notching a total of 486 new delegates for the night, according to The New York Times.

The former Secretary of State won Alabama by 78 percent, Arkansas by 66 percent, Georgia by 71 percent, Massachusetts by 50 percent, Tennessee by 66 percent, Texas by 65 percent and Virginia by 64 percent.

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Sen. Sanders, proving to be a competitive rival, garnered a total of 321 new delegates by winning four states. The senator proved victorious in Colorado by 59 percent, Minnesota with 62 percent, Oklahoma by 52 percent and his home state of Vermont by a whopping 86 percent.

Meanwhile, in the GOP race, Trump largely dominated the most delegate-rich evening of the primary with seven state victories.

The business mogul won Alabama by 43 percent, Arkansas by 33 percent, Georgia by 39 percent, Massachusetts by 49 percent, Tennessee by 39 percent, Vermont by 33 percent, and Virginia by 35 percent, winning a total of 234 new delegates.

Cruz did not allow Trump a wholesale victory, winning the Alaska caucus by 36 percent, Oklahoma by 34 and his delegate-rich home state of Texas by 44 percent. Overall, Cruz took in 209 new delegates.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida had an abysmal night, only winning Minnesota by 37 percent and garnering 90 new delegates. After Super Tuesday, Cruz looks to be the only Republican that can defeat Trump, unless the primary lurches to a brokered convention. 

As the night drew to a close, both Clinton and Trump gave victory speeches that sounded more appropriate for general election nominees than primary candidates.

“You know all across our country today Democrats voted to break down barriers so we can all rise together,” Clinton told her supporters at a Florida rally, according to Vox.

“Keep working,” Clinton continued. “Keep breaking down those barriers and imagine what we can build together when each and every American has the chance to live up to his or her own God-given potential.”

Meanwhile, Trump vowed to unite his party against Clinton.

“I’m a unifier,” the business mogul said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I know people are going to find that a little hard to believe. Once we get all of that finished, we’re going to go after on person: And that’s Hillary Clinton.”

Sources: Atlanta Journal Constitution, The New York Times, Vox / Photo credit: Ted Eytan / Flickr

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