WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – Super Tuesday voters handed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton major wins and — more importantly — loads of delegates.
Those delegates will travel to the Republican and Democratic conventions in July to cast votes in the candidates’ favor.
The aim is to reach a magical delegate threshold, at which point presidential hopefuls become party nominees.
The Democratic benchmark is 2,382 delegates. Republicans need 1,237 delegates.
Tuesday’s contests accounted for a considerable chunk of those goals, with Democrats scrapping over 859 pledged delegates and Republicans able to capture 595 backers.
While campaigns crunch the final Super Tuesday delegate breakdown, the path forward is coming into crisper focus.
Clinton waltzed into Super Tuesday carrying 545 total delegates; Sanders held a comparatively meager 87 pledged supporters.
Now that voters in 11 states have spoken, representing one-third of total delegates needed to capture the nomination, Clinton appears stronger than ever.
Final tallies from Super Tuesday will add significantly to Clinton’s delegate advantage once the results are confirmed and 859 pledged delegates are awarded proportionally.
According to initial estimates, Clinton will nab a high percentage of Texas’ 222 delegates — the crown jewel of Super Tuesday. She also adds a healthy portion of Virginia’s 99 delegates and Georgia’s 102 reps.
Sanders will get a portion of each state, including the majority of Vermont’s 16 delegates and a goodly sum from Oklahoma, Colorado and Minnesota where he also won.