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Front-runner candidates still in the lead for the March 15 primaries

Bassam Bikdash, Science and Technology Editor

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2016 has proven to be a very unexpected political year among both sides of the political spectrum.

Part of the reason for this was the entrance and success of candidates outside of the common political establishment, namely Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Similarly, the dropout of Republican candidate Jeb Bush, although a powerful initial contender, showed that outsiders, such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson, would be serious opponents in the race for the nomination.

The primaries taking place in Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Florida and North Carolina on March 15, 2016 mark another milestone for the winners on their way to the party nomination and eventually, the presidency.

In North Carolina, Trump won by a narrow margin by getting 40.5% of the vote while Ted Cruz followed closely behind with only 36.7% of the vote. Trump received 27 delegates whereas Cruz received 24. John Kassich was in third place receiving only 12.5% of the votes and Marco Rubio trailed in fourth with 7.7% of votes.

For the Democrats in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton won 56 delegates and with 54.5% of votes, beating Bernie Sanders’ 40.7% and 26 delegates. Clinton also won Illinois with 50.5% of the vote.

Other states had similar outcomes. In Florida, under the winner-takes-all system, Trump garnered 45.7% of votes followed by Rubio’s 27% of votes, and received all 99 Republican delegates from Florida. Trump also won the 69 delegates of Illinois, by gaining 38.9% of votes, just in front of Cruz at 30.6% of votes.

Kassich won Ohio, the state of his current governance, with 46.9% of votes, defeating Donald Trump, who had only 36% of votes.

In Florida, Clinton won 122 delegates in 64.5% of votes and in Ohio, she won 75 delegates with 56.5% of votes. In Missouri, Clinton gained two delegates after winning by an extremely narrow margin. Clinton had 49.6% of the vote while Sanders had 49.4%; she won by only about 1600 votes.

Rubio trailed 4th place in every state except for Florida. In his home state of Florida, Rubio still suffered a defeat, winning 2nd place to Donald Trump. The defeat caused Rubio to drop out of the presidential race.

At this point in the race, many see the outcome as unpredictable. The D.C. primaries on June 14 marks the last day of primaries, and so for now, America will be waiting tentatively for the results.

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