In the third chapter of 2016’s Super Tuesday saga, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pulled away from their rivals and started setting the stage for a November showdown.
Trump ran the table, decisively locking up Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. On the Republican undercard, the combined forces of Ted Cruz and John Kasich didn’t put up much of a fight. Their best combined result was capturing 42% of the vote in Maryland, the state in which Trump had his narrowest victory, netting 54% of all Republican voters. For all his maneuvering, Cruz finished a distant third with the exception of Pennsylvania where he edged out Kasich for his lone silver participation medal of the evening.
On the Democratic side, Clinton went 4 for 5, losing only Rhode Island to Bernie Sanders. In perhaps the most meta moment of this election cycle, Clinton took the podium in Philadelphia with “Eye of the Tiger” blasting in the background. For the third Super Tuesday, there was no better song to play in Rocky Balboa’s hometown than the signature song of Rocky III.
In his victory speech, Trump seemingly relapsed back to non-presidential mode when he boldly declared that the only thing Clinton had going for her was the “woman’s card” and that "women don’t like her." It was a kick the hornet’s nest moment that will surely come back to sting the Republican frontrunner.
Clinton’s team wasted no time in putting Trump’s scorched earth statement to use in her campaign.
As Cruz and Kasich prepare to make their last stand in Indiana, don’t be surprised to see the two leverage Trump’s statement anywhere they can, particularly with Cruz prepared to name Carly Fiornia as his running mate.
For Bernie Sanders, strong showings in the upcoming West Virginia and Oregon primaries can technically keep him in the race leading up to June 7’s California primary but each passing election night has put the nomination further out of reach.