Washington: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton yesterday surged ahead in the 2016 US presidential polls by posting emphatic wins in the crucial ‘Super Tuesday’ primaries as an epic face-off between the two front-runners seemed likely after the biggest day of the race for nominations.
Coming within striking distance of becoming the Republican nominee, Trump, notched up victories in seven states — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. Trump (69) emerged from the contests closer than ever to the nomination.
68-year-old Clinton, who is the Democratic Party front-runner, also clinched seven states in the 'Super Tuesday' primaries — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. She won big among African-American voters and reversed a 2008 primary loss in Virginia to President Barack Obama.
However, both Clinton and Trump were denied a clean sweep, which many poll pundits had predicted on Super Tuesday, the 2016 campaign’s biggest day of nominating contests. On the Republican side, Ted Cruz claimed the day's biggest prize — Texas - along with Oklahoma and Alaska. On the Democrat side, Clinton's main rival Bernie Sanders registered victories in four states — Colorado, Oklahoma, Minnesota and his home state of Vermont.
About 30 black students were ejected from Donald Trump's rally in the US state of Georgia. The group was waiting to Trump at the Valdosta State University when they were told to leave the venue and then escorted out. A Trump spokeswoman denied that the incident was initiated “at the request of the candidate” or the presidential campaign.
Front-runners face off
We have to rebuild our country. Our country is going to hell... and Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a clue.
– Donald Trump
We know we’ve got work to do. But that work, is not to make America great again. We have to make America whole.
– Hillary Clinton