The American people have cast the first votes in the Presidential election. Two primaries and two caucuses may have decided the winners of the Republican and Democratic nominations. However, Super Tuesday is still coming up. In this blog post, I will only show the results for the top candidates. These are the earliest states and the results.
It is important to note that most candidates withdraw after the first primaries and caucuses. Some primaries and caucuses have different voting dates than the other party. Delegates are awarded to the winning candidate, and in some states also other candidates. There are also controversial Superdelagates, free delegates in the form of party leaders. The majority of Superdelagates reside in the Democratic party.
Iowa is the first state to vote, a process which it did so on February 1, 2016. Hillary Clinton won the Iowa Caucus for the Democrats, taking 49.8% of the vote. Bernie Sanders came in a surprisingly close second, taking 49.6% of the vote. Clinton could hardly make a victory speech! Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley of Maryland withdrew after a poor showing in the Iowa Caucus. For the Republicans, Ted Cruz of Texas won the Iowa Caucus with 27.6% of the vote, surprisingly defeating Republican frontrunner Donald Trump of New York, who finished in second place with 24.3% of the vote. Marco Rubio took third place with 23.1% of the vote, causing doubt on Donald Trump’s lead. Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee withdrew after the Iowa Caucus.
New Hampshire held a primary, the first state in the nomination to do so. Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire with 60.4% of the vote, to Hillary Clinton’s 37.9%. Donald Trump also won New Hampshire with 35% of the vote, to 16% for John Kasich of Ohio, 12% for Cruz, and 11% for Rubio and Jeb Bush. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Jim Gilmore withdrew after disappointing results in the past two states.
The third primary for the Democrats was the Nevada Caucus, which Hillary Clinton won with 52.6% of the vote, to Bernie Sander’s 47.2%. The third primary for the Republicans was the South Carolina primary, which Donald Trump won with 33% of the vote to 23% for Rubio, and 22% for Cruz. Jeb Bush of Florida dropped out.
The fourth and final early states for the nomination were South Carolina for the Democrats and Nevada for the Republicans. Hillary Clinton won South Carolina with 73.5% of the vote to Bernie Sander’s 26% of the vote, and Donald Trump won Nevada with 45.9% of the vote to 23.9% for Rubio and 22.1% for Cruz.