Super Tuesday Predictions

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By Mehmet Zorluoglu
Staff Columnist

Perhaps the single most important day of the presidential primary season is upon us. Super Tuesday, as it is referred to colloquially, will have 13 states voting in Republican primaries or caucuses, and 11 states voting for the Democrats.

It will be a big test for the candidates on the Republican side, as well as for Bernie Sanders’ campaign. It will be the first chance where states from all across the country (although heavily concentrated in the South) will be choosing their preferred candidate. On the Republican side, it could be the day the nomination becomes all but decided, with Trump having won 3 out of 4 states already, and being heavily favored in perhaps every state except for Ted Cruz’s home state of Texas.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders’ viability will be tested. He needs to win some states if he wants any hope of becoming the eventual nominee. Should he lose Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Massachusetts, his odds of winning the nomination are essentially zero.

Additionally, should Ted Cruz lose in Texas, his home state, his chances to win also look very bleak. Marco Rubio is hoping to exceed expectations and win a state or two (possibly Oklahoma and one other), but he is not favored in any of the states.

GOP predictions:
Ted Cruz carries Texas
Donald Trump to run the table in the remaining states

Democratic Party predictions:
Bernie Sanders carries Massachusetts, Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma and Vermont (his home state)
Hillary Clinton carries Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia

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Mehmet Zorluoglu is a senior at Newton South. He used to be quite the introvert and would be wary of the most menial interactions. However, he enjoys most sports (both playing and watching), hanging out with friends, and is interested in politics/current events. If you are passionate about a topic he is always open for a discussion or debate.