Who Is The Democratic Super Tuesday Winner? Both Candidates Ran Competitive Campaigns
While trying to figure out who would take the Republican races on Super Tuesday was super confusing, it was clear to see, even early in the evening, that the Democratic Super Tuesday winner would likely be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won his home state in Vermont, but Clinton swept most of the early reporting states, setting the tone for the rest of the night. The pundits' projections leading up to Tuesday night, it seemed, were largely accurate.
In Virginia, for example, Clinton took 67 percent of the vote, with Sanders only walking away with 32 percent. In Georgia, it was over 70 percent for Clinton and 30 percent for Sanders. Regardless of his losses, just after losing Georgia and Virginia, Sanders spoke to supporters in Vermont and reminded them that this isn't a general election, so the numbers, while depressing, didn't matter as much. "At the end of the night, we will have won many delegates," he told voters at a speech in Essex Junction, Vermont. "This campaign is not just about electing a president, it is about making a political revolution.”
But it might not have been enough for Sanders on Super Tuesday. As the results came in for the other states, that certainly seemed to be the case. In Massachusetts and Oklahoma, the two candidates finished just a few percentage points away from each other. But in Tennessee, Sanders suffered another blowout when Clinton took over 60 percent of the vote. As Super Tuesday drew to a close, Clinton was the clear winner.
Hillary Clinton doing a good job beating Sanders in conservative states the Democrats will never win. #SuperTuesday— Luke Savage (@LukewSavage) March 2, 2016
It is true that in a general election, Clinton could have a more difficult time winning the same states that she did on Super Tuesday. But that didn't seem to phase the the former Secretary this week. Clinton spoke to supporters in Miami, Florida on Tuesday night and took the Republican nominees to task for running on platforms that would divide the country. "We're all in this together, whether we like it or not," she said, to a round of applause.
Tuesday was a busy night for both campaigns, and although the results in some states were still very close near the end of the evening, it was Clinton who walked away from the experience on a high note.