More and more people have been paying attention to the 2016 presidential election, demonstrated through increased voter turnout at the primaries, most often attributed to the wild and radical campaign of Donald Trump. Prior to Super Tuesday, Trump had won all Republican elections with the exception of the Iowa Caucus. Hillary Clinton was also three and one on the Democratic side having lost only New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders. But what does all of this mean?
Now that Super Tuesday (eleven different primaries and caucuses) has come and gone on March 2, little has changed. Trump is still leading the Republican candidate, with 319 delegates (votes) promised to him of the 1,237 needed for the nomination. Ted Cruz has 226 delegates, Marco Rubio has 110, John Kasich has 25 and Ben Carson had 8, but he has dropped out of the race for all intents and purposes, according to CNN. Clinton is far ahead of Sanders as well.When the count includes Superdelegates (whose status is not determined by an election) Clinton has 1,052 delegates and Sanders has 427. The Democrats require 2,383 delegate votes to receive the democratic election.
As these numbers reveal, Trump and Clinton are the most obvious choices for their party nominations. Historically and logically it is very unlikely that a candidate will lead in the primaries and lose the nomination. There are still quite a few states who haven’t held their respective primary or caucus, but the party conventions are still drawing close. All of these elections are building up to the Democratic and Republican conventions. The Democratic National Convention will be on July 25 in Philadelphia while the Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland on July 27, according to TIME magazine.
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Alex Houdeshell, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Horizons
Junior Alex Houdeshell is the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the 2015-2016 Horizons Yearbook. She is the president of Operation Smile and participates in Cupcakes for Causes. She is on the soccer team and she runs Indoor Track and Track and Field.