Primary election passes through Virginia

Stephen Williams

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On March 1 eleven states got to chose their presidential nominee. Photo by MCT Campus

Super Tuesday, one of the most
anticipated events of the
presidential race, has come
and passes. The thirteen states
that participated held an enormous
responsibility to determine which
candidate will stand above the
others during of the most intense
presidential races ever.
On Tuesday, March 1, Virginia, Texas,
Massachusetts and ten other states
plus an American territory, casted
their votes for who may be America’s
next president. Donald J. Trump won
the majority of states for the
Republican Party, with seven states
out of the thirteen. His percentages
range from 21.3 percent in Minnesota
(in where he was third), to an
outstanding 49.3 percent of votes
in Massachusetts.
“Unfortunately I didn’t vote, but
if did vote, I would of voted for Trump.
He’s honest and he says what’s on his mind.
And he doesn’t say what a person can and
cannot do,” junior Trina Bullock said.
The Republican Party’s second place nominee
was Ted Cruz, who won three of the thirteen
states. He won a solid majority from his
home state, Texas, with 43.8 percent of
votes, compared to Trump (runner up),
who got 26.7 percent of the votes in Texas.
For Senator Marco Rubio, Super Tuesday
wasn’t a complete defeat. He managed to
win one state with a strong majority,
which was Minnesota with 36.5 percent
of votes, compared to Cruz, who got
second place with 29.0 percent.
Onto the Democratic Party, which only
had eleven states participate.
Presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton was successful in beating
her rival, Bernie Sanders, by winning
seven of the eleven states. Her
biggest win was in Alabama, in which
she won 77.8 percent of the votes,
while Sanders only won 19.2 percent
of Alabama’s votes. The states that
Clinton won (Texas, Alabama, Arkansas,
Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and
Massachusetts) ranged from a close
50.1 percent in Massachusetts, to a
high 77.8 percent in Alabama.
Clinton’s rival, Vermont Senator Bernie
Sanders, managed to win only four states
of the eleven. However, Sanders won
strong majorities in the states that
he did manage to secure, with 86.1
percent of votes won in his home
state of Vermont, to a 61.6 percent
in Minnesota. He also won Colorado,
with 59.3 percent of votes and
Oklahoma with 51.9 percent of votes.
Even though he did not win as many
states as he expected to, he is
still optimistic about winning the
party’s nomination.
“Our message is resonating and the
people, when we stand together,
we will be victorious,” Sanders
said at a roaring Vermont crowd
of over 4,000 people.
His supporters also realize that
this year’s Super Tuesday does
not mean much in the long run of
campaigning.
“Bernie isn’t doomed from losing
Super Tuesday because it’s only
eleven states. Obama lost Super
Tuesday and became the Democratic
Party’s nominee. I think he still
has a chance to win,” sophomore
Garrett Davidson said.
This presidential election has
been generating attention from
the beginning, which seems to
have increased voter turnout
for the Republican Party. Out
of the eleven states that participated
in the 2012’s Super Tuesday, only
4.7 million registered Republican
Party members turned out to vote.
In this year’s Super Tuesday, 8.5
million Republican Party members
voted. This could be due to the
strong support and enthusiasm
each candidate receives from
their supporters, which convinces
other members of the party to turn
out and vote.
For the Democratic Party; however,
voter turnout this presidential
nomination was low. Compared to
the Super Tuesday of 2008 each
state lost at least 20-30 percent of
pledged democratic voters.

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