Clinton and Trump gain momentum during Super Tuesday primaries

The Super Tuesday fever has finished sweeping through the nation, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tightening their grips on the Democratic and Republican nominations, respectively.


In total, March 1 brought a Trump victory of seven states across the conservative South, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia but also took some moderate states such as Massachusetts and Vermont.

Photo courtesy The New York Times.

Voters waiting to cast their ballots at an Atlanta church. Photo courtesy: Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times.





On the Democratic side, Clinton also won seven states, which bolstered her position against opponent Bernie Sanders. She swept through Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Massachusetts.


In Texas, however, Ted Cruz, not Trump, took the victory of what was arguably the “biggest prize of the night”, according to CNN. He also won Oklahoma and Alaska. Marco Rubio won Minnesota.


Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s primary rival, took Vermont, Colorado, Minnesota and Oklahoma.


In the grand scheme of things, the results of Super Tuesday indicate that the frontrunners on both sides of the race have increased their momentum towards their nominations. Trump now has 384 of the Republican delegates and he needs 1237 to win. Clinton now has 1129 pledged and unpledged delegates and she needs 2383 total to win.


Both Clinton and Trump are not only winning, they are surpassing their competitors with flying colors.


Sanders and Cruz are still holding their ground, fighting to get on par with the leading candidates, and more candidates are dropping out, most recently Ben Carson and Martin O’Malley.


Super Tuesday gave Trump and Clinton a tighter clench on the lead but the elections within the next few weeks will shine more of a light on who will finally win the nominations.