Super Tuesday for Trump

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It was about a super day for ex-pres. Donald Trump when he won 14 of 15 states on Tuesday, the biggest day of the US primaries.

Nikki Haley, however, prevented Trump from making a clean sweep with her victory in Vermont – her second victory of 2024.

Pres. Joe Biden also edged out his few Democratic rivals in the primaries, winning everywhere except in the small Pacific region of American Samoa. Here, a relatively unknown candidate, Jason Palmer, beat him.

It therefore appears that this year’s US presidential election will be a repeat of 2020 with Trump as the Republicans and Biden as the Democrats’ presidential candidate.

Neither Trump nor Biden had secured their respective parties’ nominations by Tuesday, but their renominations as Republican and Democratic presidential candidates appear to be merely a formality at this stage.

Nominations are expected within the next two weeks.

Super Tuesday

Millions of voters from 15 states and one US territory took part in the primaries yesterday.

However, the US has not seen a primary with so little competitive tension since political primaries began to dominate the nomination process in the 1970s.

Some of Trump’s victories were staggering in their size: he won 70% of the vote in Alabama and California and 61% in Texas.

“They call it Super Tuesday for a reason,” the Republican told a cheering crowd at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

“It’s a big one. They tell me, those who know and those who don’t, that there has never been one like this.”

Biden and Trump both won in their respective primaries in California, Virginia, North Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Colorado and Minnesota.

Biden also won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa and Vermont.

Haley, Trump’s only challenger and a favorite among affluent suburban voters and college graduates, has failed to throw any significant obstacles in Trump’s path to the nomination since he finished a distant third in the Iowa primary in January.

“I expect Nikki Haley to finish and drop out. There is no way after tonight for her to get the nomination,” Kenny Nail, a Republican activist, told AFP at Trump’s Florida watch party.

Trump even scored a victory in Maine — one of three states that tried to keep him off the ballot because of his bid to overturn the 2020 election.

However, the US Federal Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Trump may be eligible to stand as a presidential candidate.