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Clemson students reflect on primary projections

With 2016’s Super Tuesday’s results in, the primary victors of a dozen states have been named, with delegate votes recorded. Super Tuesday, on March 1, included the primary and caucus votes of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. 
CNN reported Donald Trump leads the poll of pledged delegates with 332, with Ted Cruz in second at 230. 
In order to secure the nomination at the Republican National Convention (RNC), a candidate must have 1,191 total delegates. Of the total 2,472 RNC delegates, 1,719 are awarded through varied state primary rules. States can have either a winner-take all system or one of proportional representation, where a percentage of delegates go to different candidates based on how much of the vote they won. The remaining delegates are “unpledged,” meaning that their votes are not determined by the electoral votes of their state. 
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads with 576 delegates, with Sanders behind at 390 delegates. 
Trump won seven states during Super Tuesday, all at over 30 percent. Ted Cruz won three states: Alaska at 36 percent, Oklahoma at 34 percent and his home state of Texas at 44 percent. Marco Rubio took Minnesota at 37 percent. 
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Ohio governor John Kasich lacked a state win, leading Noah Weiland from Politico to say that they “may be pressured by party officials to instead help Rubio and Cruz take it to Trump” adding that, “the longer the two long shots stay in the race, the harder it is to make up the gap between Trump’s delegate total and everyone else’s.”
On the Democratic side, Clinton won seven states, six of which were over 60 percent. Senator Sanders took four states, including his home state of Vermont, which he won with 86 percent of the vote. 
In response to the current leading primary candidates, Clemson University student Jordyn Schirripa, a sophomore communication major, is determined. “I can tell you one thing … I will never vote for Hilary Clinton. It doesn’t matter who is running against her,” said Schirripa.
Courteney Gilstrap, a sophomore education major, agreed with Schirripa’s view of Clinton, saying, “Yes, [Donald Trump] is very abrupt and in your face, but people like him because he is honest. We haven’t had that in a long time from 
a candidate.”
Primary voting continues on March 5, as Democrats and Republicans participate in Kansas caucuses and Louisiana primaries. Republicans will vote in Kentucky and Maine, while Democrats vote in Nebraska. On Sunday, March 6, Democrats will go to the polls in Maine.
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