With the 2016 election only nine months away, each of the candidates from both parties respectively is one step closer to the highest office in the land. And as votes are cast and delegates are secured, the presidential nomination for the Democrats and Republicans is approaching, After a “huge” victory in South Carolina, Donald Trump is beginning to gain momentum. On the other hand, the initial establishment-favorite, Jeb Bush, announced his decision to suspend his campaign after faring poorly. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton was able to stave off the Bernie Sanders’ hype with a victory in Nevada.
Here are some takeaways from the primaries:
Donald Trump wins South Carolina
Trump claimed a commanding victory last Saturday, leaving Senators Cruz and Rubio trailing ten points behind the businessman. Trump currently has won two of three GOP primaries, and other candidates’ chances of surpassing him in the race could be contingent on whether the field of potential nominees narrows. And although it seems that Trump will not be picking up these extra votes, the billionaire himself was clearly not buying this notion, as he stated, “They don’t understand that as people drop out, I’m going to get a lot of those votes also.” With the South Carolina victory, Donald Trump could be on course to have strong showings in Nevada and on Super Tuesday.
Clinton takes Nevada and holds off Sanders’ “political revolution”
As the Democrats move onto South Carolina, Hillary Clinton could end up with three of the four early-voting states before Super Tuesday. He victory in Nevada halts the momentum Sanders created with a razor-thin race in Iowa and then a huge win in New Hampshire, reassuring Clinton donors of her strategy. In a victory speech, Clinton stated against Sanders, “The truth is, we aren’t a single-issue country. We need more than a plan for the big banks; the middle class needs a raise and we need more jobs. We need jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced, jobs that provide dignity and a future.” With strength among young voters and liberals, Sanders still holds strong going into the next states. Yet Clinton’s advantage among super-delegates and her advantage with African-American voters and loyal Democrats leaves Sanders a narrow path, especially heading into South Carolina.
Jeb Bush suspends his campaign
Jeb Bush pulled all stops with South Carolina, having his mother, Barbara Bush, and his brother, George W. Bush, campaigning for him. But unfortunately, it clearly wasn’t enough as Bush was left in a distant fourth place. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s decision to endorse Senator Rubio affected the turnout for Bush as one-quarter of South Carolina voters identified her endorsement as important, and half of these voters backed Rubio. The reality was the it wasn’t the former governor’s year. Bush’s exit is significant for establishment candidates, Marco Rubio and John Kasich as the last of these two candidates will need to unify Bush’s support.