Trump pockets Mississippi, Michigan primaries

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Hillary Clinton. Photo-AP/PTI

File photo of Hillary Clinton.

Republican presidential aspirant and real estate mogul Donald Trump and has made big wins in Mississippi and Michigan primaries. His democratic rival Hillary Clinton won Mississippi but lost Michigan to Bernie Sanders.

Both Trump and Clinton have cemented their position as frontrunners in the White House nomination.

“Thank you Mississippi!” Trump tweeted as results came in from the southern state of Mississippi which held Republican primary on the second Super Tuesday.

Celebrating his two victories, Trump criticised his Republican opponents’ fierce efforts to blunt his momentum in the White House nomination race.

“I am going to beat Hillary (Clinton). Hillary is going to be very very easy to beat. She is a very easy target, if she is allowed to run. If the government does its job properly, she would not allow to run,” Trump told reporters at a late night news conference in Florida.

“I am going to clean the slate,” Trump said.

In Mississippi, Trump received the support of nearly 50 per cent of the Republican voters. He was followed a distant second by Senator Ted Cruz with 35.2 per cent of the votes counted.

In Michigan, Trump received 37.2 per cent of the Republican votes. To the surprise of many Cruz was pushed to the third spot by the Ohio Governor John Kasich in the state who received 25.5 per cent of the votes. Cruz gained the support of 23.7 per cent of the votes.

In the Democratic camp, Clinton won Mississippi beating Sanders by 88 per cent to 10 per cent. The win was bolstered by her overwhelming support among African American voters.

However, Clinton’s defeat in Michigan, which includes the auto Capital of Detroit, and its neighbourhood, at the hands of 74-year-old Sanders even though by a narrow margin is an indication of the challenges she might face in the rest of her presidential campaign.

Clinton was expected to have an easy win in Michigan, where according to some polls she was leading by more than 20 points.

But when results came in, Sanders won the support of 50 per cent of the Democratic voters, while 48 per cent supported Clinton. The victory in Michigan has given Sander’s campaign a bounce ahead of the vital March 15 primaries in Florida, Ohio and three other big states.

Despite the upset in Michigan, Clinton still has a lead in the number of delegates, which is crucial for winning the party’s presidential nomination.

Some 21 states have so far had their say in the Democrat primaries and caucuses, with Clinton winning 12 and Sanders claiming nine

(With inputs from PTI)