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The 2016 Presidential race is in full swing, and candidates from both parties were primed for Super Tuesday, as primaries were held in 13 states including American Samoa.
The significance of Super Tuesday couldn’t be more evident. Since 1988, the candidate who has won the most states on Super Tuesday has gone on to win their party’s nomination.
A total of 1,460 delegates were up for stake last Tuesday, with 865 on the Democratic side and 595 on the Republican side.
Heading into Super Tuesday, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were ahead in their respective races, and both canididates looked to gain additional ground on their opponents with so many delegates up for grabs.
According to CNN.com, prior to Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton had the slight edge on the Democratic side with a 55% to 38% advantage over Bernie Sanders.
However on the Republican side, Donald Trump held a rather commanding lead with a 49% to 19% advantage over Mark Rubio.
In addition, according to the Washington Post, Clinton was projected to add to her lead on Sanders on Super Tuesday, as she was projected to win seven states to Sanders four. And on the Republican side, Trump was projected to win 81% of the delegates.
The predictions and projections turned out to be correct, as Clinton and Trump saw their fair share of success on Super Tuesday. Both candidates won more states and collected more delegates in their respective parties.
As projected, Clinton won seven states, which earned the former Senator 504 delegates on the night. Bernie Sanders, who won four states, collected 340 delegates. To win the Democratic nomination, a candidate needs to collect 2,383 delegates to secure the nomination. Clinton currently has earned 1,052 delegates to Sanders 427.
On the Republican side, Trump was victorious in seven states, and added an additional 237 delegates to his resume. Trump currently has 319 delegates and has a demanding lead on his challengers, Mark Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Prior to Super Tuesday, Mark Rubio was in second place behind Trump and held 19% of the Republican vote. However, Rubio slipped into third place after only collecting 94 delegates bringing his total amount to 110.
Ted Cruz was able to take away the runner-up spot from Rubio after having a successful Super Tuesday as he was victorious in Alaska, Oklahoma, and Texas, which earned him 209 delegates. Cruz currently holds 226 delegates, which is only 93 delegates behind Trump.
Clinton and Trump to this point clearly have the advantage, as both candidates are currently leading in the polls, but the race is far from over.
Candidates will have no time to dwell on what transpired on Tuesday, as four primaries for each party are scheduled to be held just four days after Super Tuesday.
Sanders and Clinton will focus their attention on the primaries being held in Kansas, Louisiana, and Nebraska on Saturday, March 5. The state of Maine’s primaries will then be held the following day.
The Republican primaries scheduled for this weekend will take place on Saturday, March 5, and include the sates of Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine.