Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have fast tracked their race to the White House after posting big wins in the crucial multi-state ‘Super Tuesday’ primaries to stay on course for clinching their parties’ presidential nominations.
Both Clinton and Trump won at least six of 11 state primaries.
68-year-old Clinton, who is seeking to become the first women president of the United States, won Democratic Party’s primaries in Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Massachusetts and Tennessee. Her rival, Senator Bernie Sanders won Vermont, his home state and Oklahoma.
Trump continued his dream run in the nomination race. He registered impressive wins in Georgia, Virginia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the Republican Party favourite, won in his home state and also in Oklahoma.
Republican Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio was seen to be leading in Minnesota.
Trump minced no words in claiming that he was winning his party’s nomination in the November elections. After a string of wins in the Super Tuesday primaries, Trump, at a press conference in Florida, claimed that he is on his way to win the party’s presidential nominee as he is way ahead of the other candidates.
“Our party is expanding and all you have to do is take a look at the primary states where I’ve won. We’ve gone from one number to a much larger number. That hasn’t happened to the Republican Party in many, many decades… So I think we’re going to be more inclusive, more unified and a much bigger party and I think we’re going to win in November,” said the 69-year-old real estate tycoon at a press conference in Florida.
In her victory speech, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton spoke about her possible clash with Trump for the presidency. She attacked Trump’s pledge to “make America great again”, saying, “America never stopped being great!”.
“It’s clear tonight that the stakes in this election have never been higher, and the rhetoric we’re hearing on the other side has never been lower,” she said amid applause from supporters in Miami.
“It’s good to be home,” said Sanders as he celebrated a thumping win in his home state Vermont, by a margin of 86-13 with 60 per cent of votes counted.
Super Tuesday is the most crucial day of the US presidential primary season with half the Republican delegates and a third of Democratic delegates needed to win the nominations up for grabs.
So far, Trump has already won three primaries and stood second at the Iowa caucus. Clinton too has secured three wins in the first four early-voting states.
Trump has stunned the Republican establishment to become the party’s front-runner after joining politics only eight months ago. Despite his controversial policies on immigration, the former reality TV star has been consistently polling well above his rivals — Cruz, Rubio, Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
Both Senators Cruz and Rubio have ramped up their anti-Trump rhetoric over the past week, in a bid to halt his lead in the race.
(With inputs from PTI)