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On Mar. 1, 2016, Hillary Clinton demonstrated the power of her support by sweeping nearly all of the early Super Tuesday state primary contests, including wins in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Georgia. Meanwhile, her chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders, has won Oklahoma, Colorado, Minnesota, and Vermont, which is the veteran senator’s adopted home state.
Clinton has been pulling in significant numbers among African-American and minority voters. In fact, the former First Lady and Secretary of State garnered more than 8 in 10 African-American and minority voters, according to exit polls throughout the Super Tuesday contest. These results mirrored the strength Clinton exhibited in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. It is a significant sign of preference among minority voters, who make up a major portion of the Democratic electorate nationwide.
While the March 1 Super Tuesday contests mark the biggest day of primary season voting to date, even with Hillary Clinton sweeping the early Super Tuesday state primary contests, the states are not all-or-nothing propositions as they were mostly allocating delegates proportionally. Thus, even the runner-ups that amassed at least 15 percent of the vote in each state could add delegates to their totals. However, those candidates who fell short of the threshold would lose out entirely in the states.
As Hillary Clinton swept the early Super Tuesday state primaries, including wins in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Georgia, her chief opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), has won Oklahoma, Colorado, Minnesota, and Vermont, which is the self-proclaimed “liberal socialist’s” adopted home state. Sanders has served as a U.S. senator in Vermont since 2006 and settled in the Green Mountain State in 1968. The one-time New York senator’s recent wide margin primary victories and delegate lead has positioned Clinton in fine form to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
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