Trump, Clinton Hold Leads On Eve Of Super Tuesday

| by Robert Fowler
The presidential candidates heading into Super TuesdayThe presidential candidates heading into Super Tuesday

Two polls released the day before Super Tuesday indicate that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will likely collect a huge sum of delegates in their parties’ respective contests.

On March 1, citizens of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will vote for both Democrats and Republicans. Colorado will hold a Democratic caucus while Alaska will host a GOP caucus, Politico reports.

Citizens of American Samoa, a U.S. territory, will also get to vote on the Democratic candidates.

Super Tuesday became a tradition in presidential primaries in 1988, when 12 southern states held Democratic nomination contests on the same day. The tradition has continued, peaking in 2008, when 25 states — half the entire U.S. — voted on the same day, according to NPR.

Sweeping Super Tuesday is considering the most valuable prize in securing a party nomination.

Candidates who effectively ended their party contests on Super Tuesday include Democratic Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton in 1992, Senate Majority Leader, Republican Sen. Bob Dole in 1996, Republican Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Democratic Vice President Al Gore in 2000, and finally Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts in 2004.

On Feb. 29, surveys in three states conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist indicate that Clinton and Trump stand to gain large leads in their party races after Super Tuesday.

In Georgia, Trump is leading GOP voter support with 30 percent while Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida evenly split second place with 23 percentage points apiece. In the Democratic race, Clinton leads Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont with 64 to 30 percent.

In Tennessee, Trump has an even more commanding lead with 40 percent support. Cruz trails in second with 22 percent while Rubio places third with 19 percent. Clinton again leads Sanders with 60 to 34 percent.

Texas is the only state where Trump places second. Cruz is leading his home state by 39 percent with the business mogul at 26 percent. Rubio places third with 16 percent. Lastly, Clinton leads the Texas Democratic support with 59 percent while Sanders has 38 percent.

The polling in these states do not reflect the broad map of Super Tuesday. Several of the dozen states voting on March 1 have been extensively polled, meaning that both the GOP and Democratic races could hold some surprises.

However, a Feb. 29 CNN/ORC poll that surveyed the entire nation places Trump leading the Republican pack with 49 percent while Rubio trails in a distant second place with 16 percent, closely followed by Cruz with 15 percent.

The poll also places Clinton in the lead of the Democratic primary with 55 percent national support while Sanders currently has 38 percent.

Sources: CNN, NBC News, NPR, Politico / Photo Credit: Nigel Parry / CNN

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