2016 RACE ROUNDUP: Trump Thrilled, Hillary’s Head Spinning

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Mar 09, 2016 3:00 PM
2016 RACE ROUNDUP: Trump Thrilled, Hillary’s Head Spinning

Donald Trump’s dominant performance Tuesday night gave him three more victories to add to his long list of primary wins. Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii all went to the businessman, while Ted Cruz snatched Idaho pretty convincingly. Marco Rubio had a poor night, garnering zero states and zero delegates. John Kasich didn’t win a state either, yet gained a few delegates thanks to his strong showing in Michigan. Next stop: Florida and Ohio.

With the most state victories under their belt, Trump and Cruz have the clearest paths to the nomination – and that’s bad news for the Republican establishment.

Republican Primary

Donald Trump: Trump had a "tremendous" night. With already two state wins Tuesday night, Trump gave an hour-long entertaining press conference with the media in Florida, obviously enjoying himself. He then went on to win the Hawaii caucus.

Ted Cruz: Cruz managed to win one state in Tuesday night’s contests, keeping some needed momentum going. Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina endorsed the Texas senator Wednesday and joined him on the campaign trail in Florida.

Marco Rubio: Rubio’s poor showing Tuesday night had several pundits urging him to bow out of the race. In their Fox News analyses, Dana Loesch insisted he has “no path forward” and Eric Bolling suggested perhaps Rubio focus instead on running for governor of Florida. However, his campaign is currently hyping a recent NBC poll that shows him as the only GOP candidate not losing to Hillary Clinton nationally.

John Kasich: Kasich offered an impressive run in Michigan and managed to gain a few delegates, yet he is 0-20 in the primaries. He will stay in the race at least until his home state of Ohio holds its primary, where he is confident of a win.

Democratic Primary

Bernie Sanders gained the biggest upset of the 2016 race so far on Tuesday night, edging out Hillary Clinton in the Michigan primary. His victory is all the more impressive when you consider that for months polls showed Clinton ahead in the state by double digits. Statistics reveal that Millennials were a large reason for his win. Knowing how important the youth vote is for Sanders, his campaign is fighting to let 17-year-olds vote in the Ohio primary. Clinton did gain one win last night in Mississippi, and pretty soundly at that. But, she will have to overcome some horrid honesty numbers in her race to the White House.  

Delegate Count

Republicans (1,237 needed to win):

Trump - 458

Cruz - 359

Rubio – 151

Kasich - 54

Dems (2,383 needed to win):

Clinton – 1,221

Sanders – 571

Primary/Debate schedule:

Thursday – Republican debate in Miami, FL, hosted by CNN and Salem Media

Saturday - Republican Washington, D.C. primary