Yesterday [March 15, 2016], Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump widened their margins significantly after racking up a serious amount of delegates in the third round of Super Tuesday contests.
Clinton was declared the winner in four out of five states that voted yesterday: Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, and Florida. The polls in Missouri have Clinton neck and neck with Bernie Sanders as she currently leads by less than one point.
Donald Trump took home the wins in North Carolina, Illinois, and most notably, Florida, leading Marco Rubio to suspend his campaign after a humiliating loss on home soil. So far, Trump seems to be leading in Missouri as well.
John Kasich also scored big with a win in his home state of Ohio, a win he believes will result in him taking the race all the way to a potentially brokered convention.
Analysts report a win from Kasich in Ohio could mean no GOP delegate has enough of a majority vote to win the nomination by the end of the race.
“We are going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination,” Kasich told supporters in Ohio.
However, with these wins under their belts and a significant amount of delegates to go with them, Clinton and Trump’s paths to their respective parties’ nominations seem almost inevitable now.
Rubio’s once promising campaign has finally closed its doors. Hoping to come up with an upset in his home state of Florida, where Donald Trump was leading in the polls, Rubio’s future as a leader of the GOP were cut short–for now.
“While this may not have been the year for a hopeful and optimistic message about our future, I still remain hopeful and optimistic for our country,” Rubio said during his concession speech.
Bernie Sanders’s prediction of political revolution following his surprise win in Michigan came to a screeching halt, leaving him with not much to hang on to as this race moves forward.
Clinton looked to prove once and for all that she was the candidate capable of winning a diverse field of states, and she apparently succeeded last night.
“We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November,” Clinton said to supporters in West Palm Beach, Florida.