Cruz wins on Super Saturday, while Dems fight to a draw

Nine presidential nominating contests were held in five states and the unincorporated territory of Puerto Rico on Saturday and Sunday — six caucuses and two primaries.

On the Republican side, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was awarded the most delegates by winning contests Saturday in Kansas and Maine, as well as finishing a close second in Kentucky and Louisiana. Inversely, Donald Trump won the Bluegrass and Pelican State, while finishing a distant second in Kansas and a close-runner up in Maine.

Marco Rubio won in a landslide on Sunday in the Puerto Rico primary to take all of the territory’s 23 delegates.

 

For the Democrats, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won three out of four contests — two on Saturday in Kansas and Nebraska, and the lone Sunday election in Maine.

Despite only winning one state over the two days, Hillary Clinton took a majority of delegates due to her landslide 50 point victory in Louisiana.

 

Here is how the delegates allocated from states that voted Saturday and Sunday, not including superdelegates:

Cruz – 69; Trump – 53; Rubio – 41; Kasich – 10.

Clinton – 72; Sanders – 69.

With approximately one-third of all the states now having held primaries or caucuses, here are the overall hard delegate totals:

Trump – 391; Cruz – 304; Rubio – 154; Kasich – 37.

*1,237 needed to clinch Republican nomination*

Clinton – 613; Sanders – 413.

*2,382 needed to clinch Democratic nomination*

 

On Tuesday, March 8, Republicans will hold four nominating contests in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho, and Hawaii, where 150 total delegates will be allocated.

Democrats will hold elections only in Michigan and Mississippi, where 188 delegates are on the line.

 

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