Trump, Clinton Widen Delegate Leads

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March 8, 2016

Donald Trump won three states, and the two Democratic candidates split their primaries. The result was wider leads overall for Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Trump won the primary elections in Hawaii, Michigan, and Mississippi. Trump’s percentage of the total votes in Michigan was 38. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has yet to win a state, was the second-highest vote-getter, with 26 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was just a bit further back, with 23 percent.

In Mississippi, Trump won 48 percent of the vote. As in Michigan, Cruz was second in Mississippi, with 35 percent of the vote.

Cruz won 45 percent of the votes in Idaho. That state saw the highest support for Rubio, whose 16 percent still lagged behind Trump's second-place total of 28 percent.

Trump won 45 percent of the vote in Hawaii, with Cruz at 32 percent and Rubio at 12 percent.

Hillary Clinton got an overwhelmingly high percentage of the Mississippi vote, 83. Michigan was much closer.

Bernie Sanders won just more than 50 percent of the vote in Michigan, which was enough to give him a slight majority of the delegates from that state.

Clinton widened her lead in the delegate count, which now stands at 760 for her and 546 for Sanders. Democrats need 2,383 to claim the nomination.

Trump leads in the number of pledged delegates for him, with 446. Cruz has 347. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who finished well back in all four states having primaries or caucuses on March 8, has 151 pledged delegates to his name. Kasich has 37. Republicans need 1,237 to claim the nomination.

The states that have had primaries or caucuses so far have been a mix of proportional delegate representation and winner-take-all. For example, the South Carolina Republican primary was a winner-take-all, so Trump, who got the most votes in that state on that day, won all 50 delegates on offer for that state. The South Carolina Democratic primary, however, apportioned delegates based on percentage of the vote, so Clinton got the most votes but got 39 of the 53 delegates on offer (and Sanders got the other 14).

The elections taking place on March involve states with large populations and, therefore, large numbers of delegates available to candidates. Florida and Ohio are winner-take-all. A candidate who wins both of those states would, in one day, gain a huge boost over his or her rival(s).

A complete list of dates for caucuses and primaries is here.

It all leads up to the major party national conventions. The Republican Party convention will be July 18–21 in Cleveland. The Democratic Party convention will be the week of July 25th in Philadelphia.

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