Super Tuesday Primaries and Caucuses Held Few Surprises for Candidates

Super Tuesday Primaries and Caucuses Held Few Surprises for Candidates



On March 2, 2016, also known as Super Tuesday, 12 states held primaries and three states, plus one territory held caucuses. On the Republican side, voters could choose between Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, or John Kasich. The Democrats were limited in their choices; Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Clearly Trump and Clinton were expected to be winners, there were a few surprises and not all the predictions became fact.

Trump did not take Texas, as he predicted. Being Cruz’s home state, he managed to beat the real estate tycoon, 44 percent to 27. By majority, Trump did win most of the primaries/caucuses but he did not surpass his opponents by a landslide, as he predicted. In fact, a large segment of the electorate seemed to support Trump’s opponents.

Sanders decisively beat Clinton in the Vermont primary, his home state, 86 to 14 percent, he also held his own in all the other states. Clinton, on the other hand, won in her home state, Arkansas, 66 to 30. In Massachusetts, had it not been for one percent of voters, who claimed no preference, each candidate may have garnered 50 percent, however, the final was Clinton, 50, and Sanders 49.

Of the primaries, Clinton garnered seven wins and Sanders four. The Democratic caucus, in American Samoa, was won by Clinton.

In the Republican race, there were two caucuses. In the Alaska caucus, Cruz managed to score 36.4 percent of the votes and in Minnesota, Rubio won with 36.5.

Cruz secured wins in two primaries; Texas, 44 percent, and Oklahoma, 34.4. While Trump scored wins in the remaining Super Tuesday primaries, there were only three that he managed a more than a 10 percent gain over either Cruz or Rubio. However, one of the few surprises in the primaries and caucuses was Kasich in second place total in Vermont with 29.8 percent, coming in just below Trump’s 33.1.

Primaries/Caucuses Tallies by State

  • Alabama (D): Clinton 77.7 and Sanders 19.4 percent
  • Alabama (R): Trump 43, Cruz 21.2, Rubio 18.4, Carson 10.7, and Kasich 4.4 percent
  • Alaska (R): Cruz 36.4, Trump 33.5, Rubio 15.1, Carson 10.9, and Kasich 4.1 percent
  • Arkansas (D): Clinton 66 and Sanders 29.9 percent
  • Arkansas (R): Trump 32.7, Cruz 30.5, Rubio 24.9, Carson 5.7, and Kasich 3.7 percent.
  • Colorado (D): Sanders 58.9 and Clinton 40.4 percent.
  • Georgia (D): Clinton 71.2 and Sanders 28.3 percent.
  • Georgia (R): Trump 38.8, Rubio 24.5, Cruz 23.6, Carson 6.2, and Kasich 5.6 percent
  • Massachusetts (D): Clinton 50.5 and Sanders 48.3 percent.
  • Massachusetts (R): Trump 49.1, Kasich 18, Rubio 17.9, Cruz 9.5, and Carson 2.6 percent.
  • Minnesota (D): Clinton 60.9 and Sanders 48.3 percent.
  • Minnesota (R): Rubio 36.5, Cruz 29, Trump 21.3, Carson 7.3, and Kasich 3.6 percent.
  • Oklahoma (D): Sanders 51.9 and Clinton 41.5 percent.
  • Oklahoma (R): Cruz 34.4, Trump 28.3, Rubio 26, Carson 6.2, and Kasich 3.6 percent.
  • Tennessee (D): Clinton 66.1 and Sanders 32.4 percent.
  • Tennessee (R): Trump 39, Cruz 24.7, Rubio 21.2, Carson 7.6, and Kasich 5.3 percent
  • Texas (D): Clinton 65.2 and Sanders 33.2
  • Texas (R): Cruz 44.2, Trump 27, Rubio 17.9, Kasich 4.3, and Carson 4.3 percent.
  • Vermont (D): Sanders 85.9 and Clinton 13.7 percent.
  • Vermont (R): Trump 33.1, Kasich 29.8, Rubio 19, Cruz 9.6, and Carson 4.1 percent.
  • Virginia (D): Clinton 64.3 and Sanders 35.2 percent.
  • Virginia (R): Trump 34.8, Rubio 32, Cruz 16.7, Kasich 9.4, and Carson 5.9 percent.
  • Territory America Samoa (D): Clinton 68.4 and Sanders 25.7 percent.

America Samoa held a Democratic caucus for its residents, who reside in a U.S. territory that is located south of the Hawaiian Islands. According to U.S. New & World Report, citizenship is not a requirement to vote in the territory. “All territories lack a vote in general elections, but with the exception of American Samoa their native-born residents living in a state or the nation’s capital are able to vote by virtue of their citizenship.”

According to 2016 Election Central’s website, there were two caucuses listed as participating on Super Tuesday, both were Republican; Colorado and Wyoming. Both caucuses are being held in a manner unique to the traditional system. The Public Slate will report on these as soon as information becomes available.

The results of the primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday produced relatively few surprises and even with Clinton and Trump winning by majority the percentages were not as great a previously predicted. The next round of primaries and caucuses will take place on March 5 and 6, 2016.

By Cathy Milne


Decision HQ: American Samoa Results; GOP Results; Democratic Results
2016 Election Central: 2016 Presidential Primary and Caucus Schedule
U.S. News & World Report: Non-Citizens Vote Today in American Samoa
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