The Race to the White House: Update #3

Michael Bakshandeh

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It’s all about the extreme and polarity of the candidates in the presidential elections. Over the weekend of March 5th, Donald Trump won the Louisiana primary and the Kentucky caucus. Ted Cruz won the Kansas and Maine caucus. Marco Rubio won Puerto Rico. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders won the Kansas, Maine, and Nebraska caucus. Hillary Clinton won the Louisiana primary by a sizable margin. On Tuesday, March 8, Donald Trump won three more states: Michigan, Mississippi, and Hawaii. Bernie Sanders won Michigan upsetting the Hillary Clinton’s easy roll to the nomination for the Democratic Party. These wins by two extremely polar opposite candidates are causing both parties to shift to the extreme right and left. Is this a reflection of the karma flowing through the United States?

Even with the win in Michigan, it does not seem likely that Bernie Sanders will get the Democratic nomination although he is pushing Clinton farther left to gain more votes.

Additional news include Ted Cruz’s win in Idaho and John Kasich’s second place showing in Michigan. (Update: Kasich has won Ohio.) Rubio is doing even worse. (Update: Rubio has suspended his campaign.) The Republican race is trimming down to a two man race between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

The stakes have gotten higher for the upcoming primaries. Until now, the delegates were determined by percentage win plus the minimum percentage that had to be reached before a delegate could be awarded. The next series of primaries are a winner takes all format. The stakes and the number of delegates are much higher. There will only be one winner now. Does this change the game? Stay tuned for future updates.