Donald Trump Wins Big Across the United States
The real estate mogul will need to win Florida and Ohio to arrive in good shape to the Republican convention.
Donald J. Trump ran the tables pretty much all over the country last night, with the obvious exceptions like Texas, where Ted Cruz had to win in order to stay relevant during the ongoing campaign.
Mr. Trump has now accumulated a total of 285 delegates, or just over a fifth of the total amount necessary to clinch the Republican nomination in Cleveland, Ohio.
For a candidate to win the nomination in the Republican Party, he needs to get at least 1,237 delegates before the national convention, which means that no candidate has numerically come even close to being a favorite. Some of the most important states, such as Florida, California and Ohio are still to come.
In addition to the numerical advantage, there is the psychological momentum, and that is also on Mr. Trump’s side. Although Ted Cruz follows him in second place with 161 delegates, as a result of his victory in Texas last night (155 delegates) candidate Trump has won pretty much all states so far by large margins,
At this moment, Trump also leads Marco Rubio in Florida by almost 20 percent. He also appears as the leading force in Ohio and right now he is tied with Ted Cruz in California. Before those big states are allowed to vote, there will be another 356 delegates at stake in eight states and territories.
Trump the Unifier
Despite what the mainstream media parrots all day long, there is one fact that no one can deny: Trump has brought the Republican voters together more than ever before since Ronald Reagan. Not only has Trump produced larger turnouts at his rallies than any other candidate, but he has also increased the number of people voting Republican in these primaries.
The Trump campaign has also managed to steal thousands of voters from the democratic party while increasing the number of people from minority groups who have switched from Democrat to Republican. That includes women, blacks, Hispanics and liberals who do not trust Hillary Clinton as the leading candidate for the Democratic Party.
Proof of Donald Trump’s ability to unify has been his continuous success in winning more states since the start of the primaries. Last night, he won 7 out of the 11 states that were in contention, and it is precisely his unifying ability what has the establishment running for the hills.
Donald Trump’s advance is so significant that it has troubled the Republican Party. After winning the majority of states voted on Super Tuesday, the fear that the real estate mogul is done with the Republican nomination for the presidential election is more real than ever before.
Trump has dispelled all doubts about his electability and claimed to have broadened the spectrum of conservative voters. “I am a unifier,” he said after the first results. The party, is more diverse because of it,” he said.
Trump is a single verse in the conservative universe. He is a Democrat-turned-Republican who speaks openly, and defends conservative, liberal and progressive positions, which has helped him connect with people all over the country.
A desperate Establishment unsuccessfully attacks Trump
Establishment mouth pieces have spared no insults when describing Donald Trump, his campaign and his followers, but that has done nothing to stop him. In fact, it has made him more popular.
As Trump wins more primary elections or caucuses, more attacks are launched by his rivals whose voices warn of the risk of implosion of the party if he manages to get the nomination. In reality, though, the result of Trump’s rise will not be the demise of the Republican party as a political group, but the rejuvenation of the conservative movement in the United States.
Trump has established himself as a favorite. “When we are united, no one, no one can beat us,” he told a press conference at Mar-A-Lago, his resort in Palm Beach (Florida).
The businessman and showman said it has attracted Democratic voters and boasted of being a diplomatic person, open to negotiations. When asked about the leader of Congress, Republican Paul Ryan, he predicted that he would get along well with him but if not Ryan would have to “pay the price”.
Super Tuesday results reflect the heterogeneity of the Trump phenomenon. The businessman won comfortably in the conservative and evangelical southern states like Alabama and Georgia, but also in more moderate regions such as northern Virginia and Massachusetts.
His two immediate pursuers, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, posted victories that reinforce them more symbolically than practically. Their campaigns believe that those small victories can serve to gain time before the next primary, especially Ohio and Florida in mid-March, which will be their last attempts to establish themselves as solid alternatives to Trump.
Cruz won Tuesday’s primary election in his native Texas, the only southern state he has managed to win. Trump has dominated the region.
A loss in Texas -the state that concedes the most delegates- had been a failure to Cruz. His Oklahoma win was not as important as other states because the state does not award many delegates.
Now, the table is served for the contests which will be very important for all candidates, especially for those who are trailing Trump in the polls and the number of delegates. Maine, Puerto Rica, Idaho, Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi, Virgin Islands, Washington D.C. and Guam are the next battlegrounds before the fight for the big states comes.
Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona and Utah will be decided before the end of the month, while New York, Connecticut and Penssilvannia will be decided in April.