Hillary Clinton wins big in the South on Super Tuesday

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton extended her lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential nomination race on Super Tuesday, scoring wins in seven states and picking up a total of 582 estimated delegates as of Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. EST.

Six of the seven states where Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote were in the South, with Massachusetts being the one outlier. Clinton won in Alabama and George by particularly large margins — 57 and 43 percent, respectively.

Sen. Sanders held his own on Super Tuesday however, winning contests in Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Vermont, which helped the senator amass 327 delegates.

Despite the long odds going forward, the Sanders’ campaign is not giving up. “There’s over 4,000 delegates in this process, and if she’s ahead by 200 delegates or less, that’s nothing,” noted campaign manager Jeff Weaver. “There’s no way we’re not going to the convention.”

According to FiveThirtyEight, the pledged delegate count stands at 596 to 399 in favor of Clinton. With superdelegates factored in, however, the total distribution totals out at 1,034 to 408, according to the Associated Press.

2,383 delegates are needed for a candidate to secure the Democratic nomination.

The Clinton campaign seems to be transitioning their message now, similar to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, as their respective nominations are seemingly more inevitable. A move to the political middle is desired by both, but it may still be too early to start moving away from each party’s base with approximately two-thirds of the states yet to vote.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 5–6, the Democrats have three caucuses and one primary in Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Maine, three of which Sanders may have a chance to win.  Tuesday, March 8, will tell a different story as Michigan and Mississippi will hold primaries — both predicted to be landslide victories for Clinton.

 

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