2016 Election Update

By: Mitch Hughes

The primaries for the 2016 presidential election are nearly halfway complete, and the results so far could have never been predicted at the beginning of the campaign season. Donald Trump is leading the Republican pack with 458 delegates and Hillary Clinton is leading the Democrats with 760 delegates. To clinch the nomination  for the Republican and Democrat parties, a candidate needs 1,237 and 2,383 delegates respectively. Though the two front-runners have the lead now, things could shift greatly, as 41 states and territories have yet to decide.

On the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton has won 13 states/territories: Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, American Samoa, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Bernie Sanders has won 546 delegates and 9 states: New Hampshire, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Vermont, Kansas, Nebraska, Maine, and Michigan.

On the Republican Side, Donald Trump has won 15 States: New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Hawaii, Michigan, and Mississippi. Ted Cruz is in second with 359 delegates and 8 states: Iowa, Alaska, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Maine, and Idaho. Next is Marco Rubio who has won 151 delegates and two states/territories: Minnesota and Puerto Rico. Finally there is John Kasich, who has won 59 delegates but has not won a state yet, though he is projected to win his home state of Ohio. According to Fox’s latest GOP poll in Ohio, Kasich leads with 34% followed by Trump with 29%, Cruz with 19%, and Rubio with 7%.

Though Trump and Clinton have the lead in their party now, a whole lot can change in a short period of time. With 41 states and territories remaining, no candidate should get too comfortable with where they currently stand.


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