The World As We Know It: What is Super Tuesday and Who Won?

Tommy Lyle Temple, Staff Writer

A sizable amount of states voted on presidential primary contestants on March 1. The stakes were high, awarding the day the title “Super Tuesday.” This year’s states were Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.

These states will hold caucuses for both the Republican and Democratic Party. The Republican Party held caucuses in Alaska as well, and the Democrats held an additional caucus in Colorado.

There are five main candidates running for the Republican Party, including multi-billionaire Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

For the Democratic Party there are only two main candidates. These candidates are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The polls came to a close with Alaska’s primary. As expected, Donald Trump secured the most delegates with 237. He did this by winning 7 of the 11 states. Trump won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.

Ted Cruz came in second with 209 delegates. He only won three states. However, he won the biggest state of all: Texas. In Texas, he won 99 delegates. Ted Cruz also won the states of Alaska and Oklahoma.

Marco Rubio came in a distant third, securing 94 delegates in total. He only won one state: Minnesota. John Kasich finished fourth and won only 19 delegates. Ben Carson finished last and only received 3 delegates in total. He also did not win a single state.

In the case of the Democrats on Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton came out on top. Clinton won 7 states and secured 504 delegates. She won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Bernie Sanders followed in second, winning only 4 of the 11 states and securing 340 delegates on Super Tuesday. He won the states of Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma and Vermont.

Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic Party as a whole, with 1,052 delegates, followed by Bernie Sanders with a total of 427 delegates.

The big winners on Super Tuesday were most definitely Trump and Clinton.