Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton swept through the South on Super Tuesday, claiming victory in their parties’ primaries in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Clinton and Trump each won at least six of 11 state races as they looked to distance themselves from party rivals and move closer to a November presidential election showdown.
Clinton also picked up wins in Virginia and Arkansas, while Trump carried the GOP contest in Massachusetts.
Democrat Hillary Clinton has the power to defeat Republican Donald Trump and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama is convincing voters that Trump is unqulified to serve as president.
The contests put a spotlight on candidates’ strengths and weaknesses with a broad swath of American voters.Texas Senator Ted Cruz topped his rivals in his home state, as well as in Oklahoma.
On the Democratic camp, Clinton won at least six states – Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia – and American Samoa.
Her rival, Bernie Sanders, was projected to have won his home state of Vermont, as well as Oklahoma and vowed to pursue the battle for the nomination in the 35 states that had yet to vote.
Voting was still ongoing in other contests.
Super Tuesday was the biggest single day of state-by-state contests to select party nominees for the Nov. 8 election to succeed Democratic President Barack Obama.
Opinion polls heading into the voting had shown Trump leading in most of the 11 Republican contests up for grabs, raising the possibility of a big night that would intensify worries among Republican leaders who fear the billionaire could inflict long-term damage on the party.
“I am a unifier,” Trump told reporters in Palm Beach, Florida, dismissing concerns that his nomination would rip apart the party. “Once we get all this finished, I’m going after one person – Hillary Clinton.”