Clinton wins five Super Tuesday states, Trump in lead with four

  • Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 09:54 IST
Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cheer. (AFP Photo)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won most of their Super Tuesday contests further securing their claim over their party nominations, but not enough to wrap up the race.

Clinton won six of the 11 Democratic nominating contests, and was leading in the seventh, while her only rival Bernie Sanders picked up two and was leading in remaining two.

On the Republican side, Trump took six of the 11 races and was leading in the seventh, while Ted Cruz won two and Marco Rubio was leading in one. (Alaska, the 11th, was still polling)

With two wins and two leads, and one victory from before Super Tuesday, Sanders is unlikely to leave the race any time soon — and he said in his victory speech he is going the distance.

Among Republicans, Cruz now has three wins and Rubio one, possibly, and that will given them both enough hope to stay in, Rubio expects to do well in his home-state Florida on March 15.

The frontrunners took aim at each other in their respective victory speeches with Clinton promising to break down barriers, in a clear shot at Trump’s divisive rhetoric.

Trump hit back at her, and his party rivals, but framed it differently, pitching himself as a “unifier”, conceding in the same breath that many will have a hard time believing that.

Addressing a news conference, when all others did routine victory speeches, Trump addressed questions about his views on immigration to disconnect from the party’s mainstream.

He repeated said he will get along with everyone.

A lot of experts were impressed, including President Barack Obama’s former speechwriter Jon Favreau, who tweeted: “He’s already sanding off the rough edges, moderating the tone, and focusing on economic populism. Watch out, people.”

Clinton won Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas and Bernie Sanders took Vermont, his home-state, and Oklahoma, and was leading in Colorado and Minnesota.

Trump picked up Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Virginia, Arkansas and Tennessee. And Ted Cruz took his home-state Texas and Oklahoma. Rubio was leading in Minnesota.

With three victories from before Super Tuesday, Clinton has now won nine, which could well put her on her way to writing history as the first woman to win a presidential nomination in the US.

And Trump was poised to make history too with nine wins so far — three and now six — in the words of a political commentator, as the first renegade candidate to win the nomination.

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