On Tuesday, voters in 12 states take to the polls, as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump work arduously to expand their delegate lead against the nearest challengers, according to The New York Times.
NewsOne reported Monday that Clinton and Trump held commanding leads ahead of Super Tuesday, when voters of both parties in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia go the polls or caucus. Democrats also caucus in Colorado, and Republicans will do the same in Alaska.
Trump is ahead among likely early Republican voters in Georgia and Tennessee, while rival Ted Cruz is out front in his home state of Texas, according to new polls from NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist.
Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, vowed to stay in the race after a bruising defeat Saturday by Clinton in South Carolina’s primary race. Polls show Clinton leading Sanders in Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas by a margin of 2-to-1, reports NBC News.
Here’s what to watch for Tuesday night, according to CNN:
Trump is cruising nationally — with 49% support compared to Rubio’s 16% and Cruz’s 15% in a new CNN/ORC poll, giving him his largest lead yet.
He’s likely to blow out the competition in Massachusetts, Tennessee and Alabama, polls there show.
But it’s also possible Trump could win all 11 states — or come close to it. And if he does, it would leave other Republicans with very little hope of catching up.
Clinton could win among Black voters, reports The New York Times:
Mrs. Clinton won 87 percent of the black vote in South Carolina — a larger share than President Obama won in the 2008 primary — helping her win the state in a landslide, 73 percent to 26 percent for Senator Bernie Sanders.
If Mrs. Clinton were to repeat that performance on Tuesday, she could post similar victories in states like Georgia and Alabama. She could top 60 percent of the vote in other Southern states with large black populations, like Virginia, Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas.
Republican candidates are battling over 49 delegates, and 13 names will be on the ballot, although many have dropped out of the race, reports USA Today. Clinton and Sanders will fight for the largest share of 95 delegates:
Republican delegates will be awarded based on results in each of the state’s 11 congressional districts. Runners-up can pick up delegates based on their proportion of the vote in each congressional district.
Democratic delegates will be awarded based on results both by congressional district and statewide. The number of delegates at stake ranges from three in one southwestern Virginia district to eight in two Democratic-leaning districts represented by Democratic Reps. Bobby Scott and Don Beyer.
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