By Sam Shikora (Political Editor).
On Tuesday, March 1st, 13 states held their presidential primaries to help delegate which candidate will receive their respective party’s nomination this summer.
These states included Alaska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Remaining GOP candidates include the leading Donald Trump, who is being trailed in polls and primaries by Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Ben Carson, respectively.
Despite being hopeful for his campaign and telling CNN that he thinks he’s going to be the Republican nominee, Kasich was almost correct when he predicted that “Trump’s probably going to win all of them.”
Of the Democrats, Hillary Clinton entered the series of primaries basking in her wide victory in South Carolina last Saturday over Bernie Sanders.
Trump won most Republican primaries except for Alaska, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Texas. Cruz fared well in most states, landing a podium position in every state but Vermont. He placed first in Alaska, Oklahoma and his home state, Texas.
Trump currently leads with 319 delegates over Cruz’s 226. Marco Rubio trails in third with 110 delegates, followed by Kasich with 25 and Carson with just 8. 1,237 delegates are needed to win the Republican Party’s nomination.
Sanders fared well in the sense that he won four states, Oklahoma, Vermont, Colorado and Minnesota, but didn’t win many delegates, and didn’t win many from the states in which he placed second, either.
As it stands, Clinton is beating Sanders with 1,052 delegates to Sanders’s 427.
On Super Tuesday, Sanders proved that he is the “of the people, by the people, for the people” candidate. Though Clinton is leading Sanders, they have a comparable number of pledged delegates, which are delegates chosen by voters of a state’s primary.
Hillary Clinton is beating him by more than double his number of delegates all thanks to her superdelegates – who are selected members of the Democratic Party who can vote for whoever they would like.
Despite being so far behind, Sanders remains hopeful. Looking forward to the Maine Caucuses on March 6th, Sanders said, “If we win Maine, we move another step forward toward a political revolution in this country.”
Sanders added, “we’re probably going to win in a landslide.”
The next stop on the campaign trail will be the Kansas, Louisiana and Nebraska primaries, which occur on March 5th.