Super Tuesday wasn’t a clean sweep, but it was a good night for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton won Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Arkansas. Bernie Sanders won Vermont, Colorado, Minnesota and Oklahoma.
It wasn’t a terrible night for Bernie Sanders, but Clinton’s delegate lead now seems to put the nomination out of reach for the Vermont Democratic Socialist. Indeed, Hillary Clinton appears to be moving on to argue her case against Donald Trump.
Here’s how John Wagner put it in today’s Washington Post, “The senator from Vermont walked away with four victories to Hillary Clinton's seven, and most of hers were more decisive. She finished the evening with a significantly larger lead in the delegate count than when it started. With Tuesday's results, Sanders risked reverting to his original role as a message candidate, influencing the conversation with his relentless focus on income inequality but holding little hope of becoming the Democratic nominee for president.”
Donald Trump won seven states: Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia and Georgia.
Ted Cruz won Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. Marco Rubio won Minnesota.
Unfortunately for GOP unity, no one is dropping out and it appears it will be a long fight.
Dan Balz writes in the Washington Post today,
“The window for stopping Donald Trump closed almost completely Tuesday night, leaving the demoralized anti-Trump forces with two weeks and no agreed-upon strategy for denying the New York billionaire the Republican presidential nomination.
Trump was on his way to a series of victories in a majority of the 11 contests that made up the biggest single primary-caucus night of the nominating season. His remaining rivals - Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ohio Gov. John Kasich - and their allies were left to cling to the flimsiest of hopes that a reversal of his fortunes still lies on the near horizon.
For Rubio, the hope of many in the establishment, Super Tuesday turned into a super disappointment. He made a run at Trump in Virginia but fell short. Late Tuesday, he was declared the winner in the Minnesota caucuses. Still, that left his win-loss record this year at 1-14. Meanwhile, he was running third in at least half the states, and in some of those states his percentage of the vote was low enough that he was in danger of winning few or no delegates.”
But it wasn’t all good news for Mister Trump, Robert Costa and Philip Rucker write today in the Washington Post “Tuesday's results exposed some vulnerabilities for Trump: He lost late deciding voters in many states by wide margins to rival Marco Rubio, a sign that the senator from Florida may have had some impact with his withering assault on Trump's character. Ohio Gov. John Kasich also came close to beating Trump in Vermont.”
Patrick O'Connor and Janet Hook write in today’s Wall Street Journal,
“New York businessman Donald Trump won Republican primaries Tuesday from the Deep South to New England, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took his home state and Oklahoma, ensuring that the race for the GOP nomination will stretch into the spring.
The Republican front-runner won contests in at least seven states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia -- bolstering his claim on the nomination. Still, the pockets of resistance in others gave a glimmer of hope to detractors desperate for another candidate to take on likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who also rolled to a series of victories on Super Tuesday.
The problem for Mr. Trump's rivals -- as it has been since the voting began -- is that there are too many of them for voters to coalesce behind a single alternative to the New York billionaire. In the past week, opponents have dramatically intensified their attacks on Mr. Trump after he steamrolled rivals in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.”
Here’s a couple of other headlines I found intriguing about the race so far:
Politico says “Hillary Clinton is pushing Sanders to the brink.”
The New York Times says “Donald Trump rolls on in a race that could drag on.”
Washington Post says “Trump owns Super Tuesday but Cruz and Rubio see glimmers of hope.”
Political Wire says “Ted’s not Dead Yet”, and “Rubio left gasping after Super Tuesday.”
There’s a couple of live events to keep an eye on today:
1300EST -- Sen Sanders holds a rally. The State Theatre, Portland, ME. LIVE via LiveU
0900EST -- Sen Rubio makes an OTR stop. Miami, FL.
1000EST -- OH Gov Kasich holds a town hall meeting. Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. LIVE via LiveU
The Supreme Court takes up a controversial Texas abortion law today.
1000EST -- House Armed Services Cmte holds hearing on "World Wide Threats". DIA Dir Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart and Joint Staff Dir for Intelligence Maj. Gen. James Marrs testify. LIVE
U.S. special forces captured an ISIS operative in Iraq.
Apparently the government messed up a chance to gain access to the iPhone of one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino terror attack.
The United Nations set to vote on new sanctions against North Korea.
A train carrying hazardous material derailed in southwestern New York forcing some evacuations.
The cruise ship Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas has returned to port again to avoid more storms. The giant ship was battered by rough seas a few weeks ago.
Astronaut Mark Kelly is back on terra firma after nearly a year in space.
U.S. stocks had their best day in more than a month yesterday. We get a read on jobs today.. the ADP employment report.
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