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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the stars of Super Tuesday while Governor John Kasich finally managed to snatch a minute under the spotlight following his long-awaited debut victory in his home state of Ohio, raising the chances of a historic GOP convention fight. Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio suffered a humiliating loss on his home ground in Florida, completely shattering his White House dreams, even though he was once hailed as the savior of the Republican Party.
Clinton made some pretty huge steps toward the Democratic nomination by winning both Florida and North Carolina. Not only did she make crucial victories, but she probably stopped Senator Bernie Sanders by taking Ohio and Illinois too.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party veered closer to a contested convention after Kasich held his own state and managed to steal 66 delegates from Trump, making it slightly more difficult for the billionaire and real estate mogul to reach the 1,237 delegates he needs to capture the GOP prize. Trump did, however, prevail in what was expected to be the biggest contest of the night, seeing as he took all of Florida’s 99 delegates. It was at this point that everyone knew that Rubio was out of the race, as he failed to win even his own state and unite the Republican establishment against Trump. The real estate tycoon also won primaries in both Illinois and North Carolina. Here’s what he said:
“This was a great evening. No, this was an amazing evening.”
The drama is far from over, especially in other key races. Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are locked in a tight battle for Missouri while Clinton is still hoping for a sweep in the state, seeing as she’s probably quite fed up with Sanders constantly tailing her. Vote counting was completed for the night in Missouri with both Clinton and Trump clinging to tight leads of less than half a percentage point; CNN, however, will not, by any means, project a winner in either contest as the margin of victory in each case is less than 1 percent.
Nevertheless, Trump is already looking forward to the general election, and he urged party unity among growing concern about the potential for a convention fight. To quote him:
“We have to bring our party together. We have to bring it together.”
Still, GOP leaders are now looking to Kasich as their last chance of being united behind a candidate who could possibly challenge Trump in the event of a contested convention. According to estimates made by experts, Trump still needs to win about 60% of the remaining delegates available in the GOP race. The problem arises when you realize that there are states in the US that award delegates on a proportional basis, much rather than doling out their entire hauls to the winner (like in Florida or Ohio). It still remains unclear, though, how Kasich plans on overtaking Trump – Kasich won only one state and has been laboring in obscurity for much of the race while Trump has 18 states and is way ahead in the delegate race.
The billionaire has managed to harness the anger of grassroots Republicans and to direct it toward party elites, and that’s pretty much what destroyed the campaigns of some of the GOP’s most imposing personalities, all of whom were once considered to have a strong chance of taking over the White House, including Rubio, Jeb Bush, as well as Chris Christie.
As far as Democrats are concerned, Clinton is stably dominating the field, as she won the Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio primaries. These victories were crucial, bolstering Clinton’s claim that she is her party’s candidate. She went on to add that she’s the only candidate able to win such diverse states that will be pivotal in the November general election. With her win in North Carolina, you could say that her sweep of Southern States is now finished, partially thanks to her strong support from African-American voters. In a victory speech held in West Palm Beach, Florida, the former secretary of state said:
“We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November.”
Her victories have given Sanders a whole lot of difficulties to overcome if he’s planning on grabbing the nomination. Not to say he’s out of the race, but since he needs to win about 72% of the remaining delegates in order to stay in it, we’re certain he’s up for an insane amount of work; especially since time is running out for him unless he can find a way to start racking up huge victory margins in coming state contests. However, a large portion of Democratic strategists expects Sanders to stay in the race, at least for another few months.