Clinton and Trump pick up consecutive wins

 

Hillary Clinton picked up a second consecutive win in South Carolina on Feb. 27. Photo courtesy of  US Embassy - New Zealand.

Hillary Clinton picked up a second consecutive win in South Carolina on Feb. 27. Photo courtesy of US Embassy – New Zealand.

Donald Trump picked up a third victory at the Nevada Republican Caucus on Feb. 24, winning by a large margin over his opponents.

The billionaire accrued 45.9 percent of the votes in Nevada, earning himself 14 delegates. Much like in South Carolina, Marco Rubio edged out Ted Cruz for second place with 23.9 percent of the vote to Cruz’s 21.4 percent. Ben Carson and John Kasich were in the back of the pack, collecting under 5 percent of the vote at just one delegate.

Trump’s lead over his opposition is very wide at this point, with 82 out of a possible 125 amongst the five remaining candidates. Cruz and Rubio are in a distant second with 17 and 16 delegates, respectively.

On the democratic side, Hillary Clinton picked up a commanding win over Bernie Sanders in South Carolina on Feb. 27. Clinton picked up 39 of the delegates with 73.5 percent of the vote. Sanders collected 26 percent of the vote and got 14 delegates.

Sanders’ gap in delegates is only growing after a subpar South Carolina. While his pledged delegates are hovering with Clinton, the superdelegate discrepancy still creates a difference of 544 total delegates for Clinton to Sanders’ 85.

Super Tuesday is right around the corner, coming on March 1. Eleven states, including Texas, will hold both Republican and Democratic primaries. Alaska, Wyoming and North Dakota will have Republican primaries. American Samoa will hold a Democratic primary. In terms of delegates, 595, or 24 percent, of Republican delegates and 1,001, or 21 percent, of Democratic delegates are at stake.

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