Article by Monica Couvillion | esPResso Staff Writer
As a public relations professional, it is crucial to stay informed about current events, as even the smallest bit of news could alter a client or brand’s reputation on a global scale. Whether your interest lies in entertainment, finance or politics, Super Tuesday is a day that America collectively tunes in to and must monitor, as it can change the political landscape for the remainder of the election season to come. This Super Tuesday, America saw a face-off between two Democratic candidates and five Republican candidates – a number of Presidential hopefuls that has only recently dwindled from its original seventeen.
Before we break down the Super Tuesday results, it’s important to note why Super Tuesday is, well, so super. Each election season, several U.S. states hold their primary elections and caucuses on the same day. (Confused about the difference between the two? Read it quickly here on FactCheck) This year, it fell on Tuesday, March 1 and Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia all held their primaries. Alaska held a caucus for the Republican party and Colorado for the Democratic party. In a primary election, the amount of voters for each candidate determines how many delegates they receive from their party. A Republican presidential candidate needs 1,237 delegates to support them in order to be the nominee for their party. A Democratic candidate needs 2,383. A great summary of this criteria can be found on Politico.
To summarize the results in the most cohesive way, we’ve listed the candidates and how many delegates they received following the election as well as which states they won by popular vote.
For the Republicans:
Donald Trump won 329 delegates and 7 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia
Ted Cruz won 231 delegates and 3 states – Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas
Marco Rubio won 110 delegates and the state of Minnesota
John Kasich won 25 delegates and no states
Ben Carson won 8 delegates and no states
For the Democrats:
Hilary Clinton won 1,058 delegates and 7 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia
Bernie Sanders won 431 delegates and 4 states – Vermont, Colorado, Minnesota and Oklahoma
Ultimately, these results show that the frontrunner for the Republican nomination is Donald Trump, as he has won the most states and the most delegates. However, it is important to note the number of delegates that a Republican candidate must win in order to receive the nomination. While Trump performed well on Super Tuesday, his 329 delegates is still a far step away from the goal of 1,237 that a Republican nominee must reach. His top competitor is Ted Cruz, who won 231 delegates. While Kasich and Carson were still able to secure some delegates, their low numbers most likely forecast a departure from the Republican race in the coming weeks.
In a tighter race, the Democratic Party sees Hilary Clinton as the frontrunner, securing 1,058 delegates on her race to the magical number; 2,383. Bernie Sanders, her only politician to beat, won far less delegates but does have a strong foothold in second place.
The Super Tuesday results give more insight into what the future holds for the Republican Party more than the Democratic, however in a race that has seemed almost impossible to keep track of with the numerous candidates and rampant mudslinging, these primaries clear up a lot of confusion within both parties. Moving forward, it will be interesting to monitor how each camp proceeds.
Trump’s momentum following these wins has been well-publicized, but knowing the details on a numerical scale puts the wins in perspective compared to the overall race. Following Super Tuesday, a Republican debate takes place on Thursday, March 3 and a Democratic debate on Sunday, March 8. Over the weekend, caucuses are held on Saturday, March 7 in Kansas, Kentucky, Maine and Nebraska and a primary is held in Louisiana. On Sunday, Democratic caucuses are held in Maine, and a Republican primary will be held in Puerto Rico. Staying informed regarding future party events will help both the PR professional and the American citizen stay on-top of perhaps the most important current event in our news cycle right now. If your home state has not already held it’s primary or caucus, we highly encourage you to go out and vote or fill out an absentee ballot if you cannot return to your home state.