Hudak noted there is no hope now for Cruz or Rubio to win the nomination by a delegate count, but they could find an opening if Trump holds a significant share of delegates without winning the 1,237 needed to secure the nomination. Obama used a SC victory to build momentum in Super Tuesday and never relinquished his advantage.
Ted Cruz on Tuesday was winning the presidential primary in Texas, carrying his second state in the Republican race for the White House, and notching a third with a narrower win in Oklahoma. Mr Cruz is the only candidate to have beaten him, in the lead-off Iowa caucuses, as well as the two wins on Super Tuesday.
Both Clinton and Sanders face a formidable risk in the coming weeks – to see the primary campaign to its completion without destroying the party’s November fortunes.
On the Democratic side of the ticket, Bernie Sanders has made up some ground on the former Secretary of State but he still has to make up 28% of the vote if he wants to catch Clinton in MI.
Trump said he had “expanded” his party and claimed he was responsible for higher voter turnout in the primary states.
One scenario that is widely being discussed by US analysts is if Mr. Trump fails to reach that number because several other candidates stay in the race until the end. None of them has a clear path to hitting that threshold on their own, as the race shifts to provoking a contested convention to block the bombastic delegate leader. Sanders, meanwhile, managed to take Oklahoma, Minnesota, Colorado, and his home state of Vermont-a strong showing, but not almost strong enough to diminish Clinton’s aura of inevitability.
FILE – Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio pauses as his children look on during a Super Tuesday campaign rally in Miami, Fla., March 1, 2016.
Clinton was supported by at least 80 percent of black voters in the Deep South and Texas.
Even Kasich predicts Trump is likely to win all the Republican contests on Tuesday.
The delegate math illustrates the importance of the March 15 primaries in Florida and Ohio. “Although many now see a Trump nomination as an inevitability, I think it would be a mistake to underestimate the commitment of a large part of the Republican Party, probably a significant majority, to stop Trump”.
Sanders picked up at least four wins on Super Tuesday, but his inability to broaden his base was on display.
Republican leaders also fear that a Trump nomination could damage party incumbents in the Senate who could be voted out of office in swing states known to support either major party, costing Republicans their majority in Congress.