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By Hannah O’Koon, Beacon Academy

On Tuesday, March 15, five states went to the polls, determining the fate of many candidates in this election. Tuesday was a very important day for all candidates, as there were many delegates at stake. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton come closer to receiving the nomination for their respective parties, Super Tuesday 3 was one of the most important days in this election to date. Now, let’s take a closer look at the winners and the losers of the polls, and see who could potentially become the next president of the United States.

The Republicans, which included Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor John Kasich, were locked in a tight race to defeat unexpected front runner Donald Trump. All three candidates believe that their policies can win over the fractured party, but only time will tell. As of now, Donald Trump maintains a very wide lead over Ted Cruz, his closest competitor. Donald Trump won a total of 204 delegates after his victories in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. His total delegate count is now 673, well above his closest competitor, Cruz.

Once again, Donald Trump had an excellent night, and as of now he is expected to win more delegates in other upcoming primaries. John Kasich had his first win of the election in his home state of Ohio. Ohio was a must-win for Kasich, who most likely would have dropped out without it. Now, Governor Kasich needs to continue winning, or his days in the election will be numbered. Ted Cruz gained 41 delegates, coming in second in multiple contests.

While it was not the best night for the Cruz campaign, it was certainly not the worst, and Cruz definitely had a better night than Marco Rubio.  Hoping for a last minute win in his home state, Rubio’s ambitions fell short, and so did his campaign. After his defeat, he congratulated Mr. Trump, and officially suspended his campaign. As the field narrows, both Cruz and Kasich are fighting to successfully oppose Trump, who is clearly dominating in the GOP.

The Democrats, which include Secretary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, are both competing for the nomination, and it is a very close race between the two. Currently, Clinton leads after victories in all 5 primaries on Super Tuesday 3. She currently has a total of 1,139 delegates, and is almost halfway to the nomination. Sanders did not win anything on Super Tuesday, but that does not make him a loser. It just means that he is going to have to work very hard to beat Hillary Clinton. With a total of 825 delegates, Sanders is not too far behind Clinton. However, Hillary has gained a lot of momentum recently after her victories, unlike Senator Sanders. However, the race in Missouri is worth discussing, considering that there was a difference of about 1,000 votes. As of now, it is not definite that Clinton has won. She has received about 310,600 votes, while Sanders received 309,070 votes. This was the closest primary to date, and it shows that both candidates appeal to different voters.

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