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Trump and Clinton Win the Most States on Super Tuesday

The front-runners increase their leads in the races for the presidential nominations. 

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the big winners on Super Tuesday, when 12 states held primaries or caucuses. Their victories have brought them a giant step closer to securing the Democratic and Republican nominations for the presidency, respectively.

Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state, won 7 out of 11 states for the Democrats: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Most of those wins were by very wide margins.

“All across our country today . . . Democrats voted to break down barriers so we can all rise together,” Clinton said in her victory speech.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders beat Clinton in his home state of Vermont, with 86 percent of the vote. He also won Colorado, Minnesota, and Oklahoma.

 Trump Keeps Winning

On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump also won 7 out of 11 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.  

During a news conference as results came in, Trump vowed to bring the Republican Party together.

“We’re going to be a unified party . . . a much bigger party,” he said.

Trump’s two main competitors, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, also notched some wins. Cruz won his home state of Texas as well as Alaska and Oklahoma. Rubio won Minnesota.

Looking Ahead

The candidates are now focusing on March 5, when Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, and Nebraska will hold the next primaries and caucuses. Ohio Governor John Kasich and Dr. Ben Carson, the two trailing Republican candidates, plan to remain in the race.