Super Tuesday: Trump extends his lead, but race isn’t over yet
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Media mogul Donald Trump extended his lead over the rest of the GOP field last night, winning seven out of 11 states in the party's Super Tuesday.
On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton extended her lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders won four states, but surrendered seven more to the party's frontrunner.
Trump won victories in Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Of the four states Trump didn’t win, Ted Cruz took three – his home state of Texas, neighboring Oklahoma, and Alaska – and Rubio took one – Minnesota.
Rubio placed a surprisingly close second in Virginia, losing by only three points despite lower polling expectations. Ohio Gov. John Kasich ran a close second to Trump in Vermont.
The complexity of state delegation rules played in Cruz’s and Rubio’s favor last night. None of the GOP states were winner-take-all, so Trump’s actual delegate haul was not as lopsided as might be expected. Cruz had four second-place finishes, and Rubio had five. By the New York Times’ count, Trump took 234 delegates, Cruz took 209, and Rubio won 90.
Cruz and Rubio supporters are now both calling for the opposite candidate to leave the race. Cruz has more delegates than Rubio, but Rubio is looking ahead to states with higher delegate counts where he is more likely to be able to catch Trump, particularly his home state of Florida.