Chart of delegate counts for presidential candidates in both parties//MCTcampus

Chart of delegate counts for presidential candidates in both parties//MCTcampus

By Dennis Pearson Jr., Staff Writer

March 1 marked Super Tuesday, one of, if not the most important days for primary voting. 11 states had their primaries on March 1, which gives presidential candidates a big opportunity to win a large number of delegates which decide the final two running candidates for president. The primaries scheduled for this year’s Super Tuesday were in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.

Hillary Clinton won the majority vote for seven out the 11 states for the Democratic Party, with Bernie Sanders winning the remaining four. Her states include Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, earning her 577 delegates, including the ones she earned from Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina. As of March second Clinton has won 577 delegates out of the 2,382 needed for the Democratic Nomination. Sanders won Colorado Minnesota,Oklahoma and his home state of Vermont. So far he has earned 386 delegates, including ones he earned from New Hampshire.

For the Republican Party, Donald Trump won the majority vote for seven out of the 11 states, while Ted Cruz won three and Marco Rubio one. Trump’s states include Alabama Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. Cruz’s states include Alaska, Oklahoma,and Texas. Rubio’s sole winning state was Minnesota. As of March 2, Trump has earned 319 delegates including ones from Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Cruz has won 226 including the ones from Iowa. Lastly, Rubio has earned 110 delegates. Republican candidates need 1237 delegates for the Republican Nomination. As of now the leading candidates are Clinton and Trump.

“I am a unifier. I would love to see the Republican party and everybody get together and unify. And there is no one who is going to beat us,” said Trump at a club in Palm Beach, Florida with former presidential candidate and New Jersey governor Chris Christie backing him up. “We’re going to do great with African-Americans…I’m going to be really good for women. I’m going to be good for women’s health issues.”

Clinton has instead decided to create a new tagline for her campaign is “A campaign against bigotry,” where she will concentrate on Trump’s bigotry versus her tolerance and acceptance. There are still many more primaries to go. Until then, people can only speculate on who will will get the nominations.