All eyes are on Florida and Ohio for today’s Super Tuesday primaries. Will Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. John Kasich win the primaries in their respective states?
Voters will decide in those two states, along with Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina. GOP candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton are frontrunners in the race. Will they remain ahead of their opponents? An excerpt from Fox 6 Now:
It’s telling for Republicans who are dead-set on stopping Trump that their hopes Tuesday are resting with two candidates in Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich who haven’t shown much ability to win contests.
That demonstrates the race’s evolution: Instead of promoting one of the other candidates, it’s all about keeping Trump from amassing the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the party’s nomination outright.
But polls show Trump either ahead or within striking distance in all five states — and a clean sweep could make it next to impossible for any of his rivals, even Cruz, to catch his delegate number by the convention.
Florida and Ohio are in the spotlight not only because of Sen. Rubio and Gov. Kasich, but both states have big, winner-take-all delegate counts: 99 for Florida and 66 for Ohio. North Carolina will proportionally assign its 72 GOP delegates. In Illinois, the popular-vote winner gets 15 of the 69 delegates, with the rest decided directly by voters. In Missouri, the GOP candidate who gets more than 50 percent of the vote wins all 52 of the state’s delegates. If not, different rules apply.
Fox 6 Now calls the Florida primary “especially dire” for Sen. Rubio. Trump is leading 44 percent to 27 percent.
On the Democratic side, Sen. Bernie Sanders is hoping to stay in the delegate hunt.
Sanders has always said the campaign will shift in his favor starting Wednesday, when the race moves west. A win in any of Tuesday’s states would have been a surprise two weeks ago — but a win in multiple states could give him a critical boost of momentum just as the race moves onto friendlier terrain.