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We wrote about Super Tuesday on Monday and gave some predictions on how things might turn out for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. For the most part, we relied on the most recent polls at the time and as it turned out, most of these polls were rather correct. Like we (and the polls) predicted, Trump ran away with the primaries in most states, increasing his lead over the other candidates and perhaps finally proving to everyone that people are behind him. But let’s start from the top.
In Alabama (50 delegates), Trump won easily, taking home 43 percent of the votes. Cruz was in second with 21 and Rubio in third with 19 percent of the votes. Carson won 10 and Kasich 4 percent. Alaska (28) was one of the few states where Trump did not win. It was Cruz who prevailed with 26 percent of the vote. Trump was very close, however, earning 34 percent of the vote. Rubio had 15, Carson had 11 and Kasich had 4.
In Arkansas (40), Trump won with 33 percent of the votes, but with Cruz in a very close second with 31 percent. Rubio had 25 percent, while Kasich and Carson had 4 and 6 respectively. In Georgia (76), it was Trump again, this time with 39 percent. Cruz and Rubio both had 24 percent, while Kasich and Carson both had 6.
In Massachusetts (42), Trump steamrolled his opponents with 49 percent of the votes. Rubio and Kasich shared the second-most 18 percent while Cruz had only 10. Carson won 3 percent. Minnesota (38) turned out to be the only state not won by either Trump or Cruz, with Rubio bagging the victory with 37 percent of the votes. Cruz was in second with 29 percent while Trump came in only third with 21 percent. Carson received 7 and Kasich 6 percent.
Oklahoma (43) was the second of the states won by Cruz who had 34 percent, followed by Trump with 28 and Rubio with 26. Carson had 6 and Kasich had 4 percent. In Tennessee (58), Trump had another victory, bagging 39 percent of the votes. Cruz was second with 25 and Rubio third with 21. Carson had 8 and Kasich 5 percent of the votes. Texas (155) was the biggest victory of the night for Cruz who earned 44 percent of the votes there. Trump won 27 and Rubio 18 percent. Kasich and Carson both had 4.
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Vermont (16) also went to Trump who earned 33 percent there. Kasich was second with 30 and Rubio was third with 19 percent of the votes. Rubio earned 10 and Carson 4 percent. Finally, in Virginia (49), Trump just edged out a victory over Rubio with 35 to Rubio’s 32 percent. Cruz was third with 17 percent while Kasich (9) and Carson (6) did their thing, failing to cross the threshold needed to actually win any delegates.
In terms of delegates, Trump won 234 delegates, bringing his total to 316. Mostly thanks to his victory in Texas, Cruz won 209 delegates, bringing his total to 226. Rubio won 90 delegates, only barely getting him over a hundred in total, at 106. Kasich won 19 for a total of 25 and Carson won 3 for a total of 8. Just a reminder – a candidate needs to win 1,237 delegates in order to earn the nomination.
All in all, Donald Trump proved once again that party members are voting for him. It did not matter if these were Evangelical Southern states or more liberal Northern ones; he won 7 of 11 states and increased his lead substantially. Cruz managed to win Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska, but he had expected more. Rubio totally failed and truth be told, unless he comfortably wins Florida on March 15, he might as well leave the race. Kasich and Carson should have done it weeks ago.
Considering the fact that this was supposed to be one of the worst days for Trump in the nomination race, it can safely be said that he did fantastically and that it will take something else to knock him off course.Let’s just hope nothing of the sort happens.
EDIT: As we write this, Ben Carson is about to tell his supporters that he is leaving the race, according to The Washington Post.
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