Saturday’s Primaries Favor Trump and Clinton



Justine Schwarz

Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton garnered enough votes to pull ahead in the South Carolina and Nevada primary elections this Saturday. With Bush’s suspension of his race and Rubio beating Cruz for second, the future of the race holds many uncertainties.

Donald Trump was able to win 32.5% of the South Carolina vote and 44 delegates. Trump won by a large margin, easily surpassing the other candidates. In his victory speech, Trump remained confident that Mexico will be paying for the wall that will now be “10 feet higher.” He also expressed his certainty that he will do well in Nevada.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were separated bya minuscule0.2% of the popular vote for second place. However, Rubio managed to surpass Cruzwith 22.5% of the vote, despite the results of the New Hampshire primary. In his speech, Rubio praised Ronald Reagan’s actions while in office and showed strong support for the average hard working American.

Rubio’s secondplace finish may have amplified negative effects on the Cruz campaign as anti-Trump voters seek to endorse the candidate most likely to beat him.Behind Cruz was Jeb Bush in fourth with 7.8% of the popular vote.

A year ago, before Rubio and Trump joined the race, Jeb Bush was the predicted winner of the Republican nomination. However, in light of receiving less than 8% of the popular vote in North Carolina and his track record in the past primaries, Jeb Bush decided to withdraw from the 2016 presidential race. Bush is confident that with conservative leadership, America’s best days are yet to come.

The question is, which Republican candidate will receive Bush’s supporters? Considering Bush’s platform, his followers will likely choose between Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich. While Trump won with a large gap between him and all other competitors, this event may prove to be largely detrimental to him in Nevada and in future events.

Behind Bush was John Kasich in fifth with 7.6% of votes. Finally, Ben Carson finished last with 7.2% of the popular vote. Considering Bush’s absence and what many consider to be a three person race, it is only a matter of time until these last place finishers retire from the race. Who will their supporters turn to in their absence? Perhaps the Nevada primary on the 23rd will shed some light on the future of the presidential race.

In the west, Hillary Clinton was able to pull off a Nevada win against Sanders with 52.7% of the popular vote and 19 delegates, with 95% of the precincts reporting. Bernie was not far behind with 15 delegates and 47.2% of the vote. With Hillary winning in Nevada and her predicted victory in South Carolina on the 27th, Sanders has set his sights on the cluster of March 1st primaries to put him ahead of the current frontrunner.

The winners of both nominations are up in the air, but the race will be furtherdivided after the upcoming primaries and Super Tuesday on March 1st.