By Dave Andrusko
Front runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each carried seven states on Super Tuesday, adding to their delegate count as candidates in both parties gear up for the first big surge of winner-take-all states on March 15 in places such as Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, and North Carolina.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz won in his home state of Texas, neighboring Oklahoma, and in Alaska.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the winner in the Minnesota caucuses.
Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.) carried his home state, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Minnesota.
According to CNN, Mr. Trump won 233 delegates yesterday, for a total of 315. Sen. Cruz has 205 to date and Sen. Rubio has 106, CNN reports. “A total of 1,237 delegates are required to win the Republican nomination,” CNN’s Stephen Collinson reported. (The tallies may change slightly.)
The Republican candidate needs 1,237 delegates needed to win the party’s nomination.
On the Democratic side, Mrs. Clinton has an overwhelming lead.
“Including superdelegates, the party insiders free to pick either candidate, her total delegate count is now at least 1,038, or 44 percent of the delegates needed to win the nomination. Sanders has at least 410 delegates.” (The tallies may change slightly.)
The Democratic candidate needs 2,382 delegates to win his or her party’s nomination.