Note: We will provide live results as they happen at the bottom of this post.
After many months of Southern brawls and other assorted mudslinging, Super Tuesday has finally arrived. Today more delegates are up for grabs than any other day of this already memorable presidential race. By the end of the night, about half of the Republican delegates shall be determined. Likewise, around a third of Democratic delegates shall fall in line. Several large states remain after this battle, but this is a major judgment day. Donald Trump is expected to take most if not all of the Super Tuesday states (other than Ted Cruz’s home state of Texas), and Hillary Clinton is poised to sweep as well (with the exception of Bernie Sanders’ Vermont). When this happens, both candidates will be difficult to topple, although it can be done.
Before today, four states voted in primaries or caucuses. In Iowa, Ted Cruz plowed past Trump, and Clinton landed in a “virtual tie” with Bernie Sanders. Subsequently, New Hampshire went to Trump and Sanders; Nevada landed with Trump and Clinton; and South Carolina fell to Trump and Clinton. This Tuesday, more states — Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming — plus one territory (American Samoa) will lay down their truths. Some of the results from these states will be known early. Some we may not know until Wednesday morning.
A yuuuuge focus today will take place in Texas, which is Cruz’s biggest concern. Trump lobbied hard in the state and even trucked out Chris Christie’s endorsement at a Fort Worth rally, and it’s no wonder why. The Lone Star state has 155 Republican delegates (and 222 Democratic ones) up for the taking. Cruz must capture Texas in order to have a fighting chance at the GOP nomination. Should Trump take this state, we could see a full-on Cruz meltdown.
(Note: Texas also has a weird rule where, theoretically speaking, only the top two candidates will nab delegates, so Marco Rubio could conceivably be shut out from this state, should he arrive in third place across the state and throughout all districts. No one’s too concerned about John Kasich or Ben Carson anywhere today, though they’ll nab votes from the top three.)