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After countless think pieces and essays, Facebook rants and tweets, polls and analysis, voters in 12 states and one territory went to the polls yesterday, and it appears that the results from Super Tuesday are finally painting a clear picture of the 2016 election.
On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won seven states—Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won four—Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Vermont. Clinton now has a total of 1,005 delegates, while Sanders has 373.
On the right, Donald Trump won seven states—Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. Texas Senator Ted Cruz won three states—Texas, Alaska, and Oklahoma, while Florida Senator Marco won one: Minnesota. Trump leads the delegate count with 285 delegates, while Cruz claims 161, and Rubio has just 87.
Pastor Mark Burns, an evangelical pastor from South Carolina, has voted in the past for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, but now campaigns for Donald Trump. In the past week, he's been speaking at Trump rallies across the country, in Oklahoma, Alabama, Virginia, and Tennessee, among others. Pastor Burns joins The Takeaway to discuss just how important Tuesday's results were for the Trump campaign.
As the results from Super Tuesday show, Clinton is still fighting on two fronts—first for the Democratic party nomination against Bernie Sanders and then, increasingly against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
In her match up against Sanders, her relationship with Wall Street has been one of the thorniest topics. Clinton has so far declined to release the text of speeches she delivered to Goldman Sachs, but has insisted that she will be tougher on Wall Street than Sanders.
"I've made it very clear that no bank is too big too fail; no executive too powerful to jail," Clinton said during in the Democratic debate in Wisconsin on February 11th. "And because of Dodd-Frank, we now have in law a process that the president, federal reserve and others can use if any bank poses a systemic risk.”
In the 2008 Democratic primaries against then-Senator Barack Obama, Clinton won 10 states and tied in Missouri, while 11 states went to then Senator Obama. Though she claimed victory on Super Tuesday, Sanders has indicated he will not drop out of the race any time soon.
Clinton has been endorsed by over 100 sitting congressional representatives and many former representatives including, Barney Frank, former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts and one of the co-sponsors of the Dodd-Frank Act.
He wrote in POLITICO magazine in July that a long primary battle between Clinton and Sanders would undermine the chances that a candidate who supports progressive policies would make it to the White House. He explains his position today on The Takeaway.