Tuesday, March 15th played host to another round of presidential primaries on both the Democratic and Republican sides. Five states got to voice their vote on who they want in the general election in November.
Florida: The first of two winner-take-all states on Tuesday. Donald Trump defeated Marco Rubio in his home state and claimed all 99 delegates at stake. This is a yuge victory for Trump and prompted Florida’s own Marco Rubio to drop out of the race. On the Democratic side, Hilary Clinton defeated Sen. Bernie Sanders by 500,000 votes. Clinton walks away with 130 delegates and “The Bern” takes home 63.
Illinois: Donald Trump defeated Ted Cruz and John Kasich. 69 delegates are on the line and the distribution of these delegates is still to be determined with 1% of precincts yet to report. On the Democratic side, Hillary again defeated Bernie by less than one percentage point. 156 delegates are on the line and the distribution is still being determined.
Missouri: Hillary Clinton again defeated Bernie Sanders by 0.2%. 71 delegates are at stake. On the Republican side, Trump also won by 0.2%, or 2,000 votes in a back and forth fight with Ted Cruz. The 52 delegates are yet to be divided up.
North Carolina: North Carolina was another huge win for Hillary Clinton. She received 55% of the votes and walked away with 59 delegates. Bernie was awarded 45 delegates for his efforts. Donald Trump also won defeating Ted Cruz by 4%. Trump was able to claim 29 delegates followed by Cruz at 27, and John Kasich, who was awarded 12.
Ohio: Last but not least, we have Ohio. On the Democratic side, Hillary soundly defeated Bernie and received 76 out of the 143 delegates at large. On the Republican side, John Kasich was able to carry his home state and record his first major victory. Ohio is a winner-take-all state meaning Kasich was awarded all 66 delegates. He celebrated his victory by shooting some hoops much like “The Bern” did after his New Hampshire victory. Unlike Bernie, Kasich was draining three’s like Steph Curry. Conversely, Bernie prefers the bank shot., except in New Hampshire, Bernie did not call bank, he called game. The video can be viewed below:
Looking forward, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 300 pledged delegates. She does however, have most of the super delegates, which widens her lead by a significant margin. Donald Trump maintains his lead in the GOP race. He leads by 250 delegates over Ted Cruz and almost 500 delegates over John Kasich. The race for the White House continues this Saturday with a few democratic primaries. Both parties return next Tuesday.