Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton made major gains in Super Tuesday, when 11 primary elections are held for the United States presidential race. The results of Super Tuesday are considered key to determining who will be nominated to run for president from both parties.
Among the Republicans, real estate magnate Trump comprehensively won seven states, with his closest rival Ted Cruz winning in Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. Trump’s victory in Virginia was a blow to Marco Rubio, who had his eye on the bellwether state. He also won the southern states of Alabama and Tennessee, as well as Arkansas, Massachusetts, Vermont and and Georgia. Experts attributed his victory to evangelicals and working-class voters buying in to his straightforward narrative. Rubio registered a single win – Minnesota.
On the Democrats' side, Hillary Clinton won in seven states, though her democratic socialist rival Bernie Sanders won in his home state of Vermont, as well Oklahoma, Minnesota and Colarado. Clinton won significantly in Texas, which has a mammoth 252 delegates. Her other victories were: Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.
Talking to reporters in Florida, Clinton took a jab at Trump, saying “America never stopped being great. We have to make America whole. Instead of building walls, we’re going to break down barriers and build ladders of opportunities and empowerment.” Sanders maintained that the day was not about winning delegations, but about building a political revolution.