Top Takeaways From Super Tuesday
Hillary Clinton's wins leave diminished room for a Sanders comeback and Republicans face a moment of truth. http://on.wsj.com/24BS1KK
- •Hillary Clinton dominatedShort of a catastrophic collapse, Hillary Clinton will likely be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016. She won seven states with commanding margins across the delegate-rich South.
- •Bernie Sanders won in states with relatively small minority populations—Colorado, Minnesota and Oklahoma, along with his home state of VermontThe results do nothing to slow Clinton’s march toward the nomination and don’t reveal a path for Sanders to be much more than a party spoiler, accumulating delegates to have a say at the convention.
- •Donald Trump turns to the general electionThe Donald Trump who appeared before reporters at his Palm Beach club sounded like a candidate who believes the Republican primary is in his rearview mirror. Trump used most of his time to savage Clinton as a creature of government. “She’s been there for so long. If she hasn’t straightened it out by now, she’s not going to figure it out in the next four years,” he said. (Photo: Getty Images)
- •Marco Rubio is on life supportRubio won only in Minnesota, losing Virginia after a late push there and, perhaps more harmfully, failed to reach the 20% threshold to win at-large delegates in Texas, Alabama and Vermont.
- •The Floridian pointed to his home state’s March 15 primary as his next big targetBut he’s behind Trump in the polls there, too, though he said he has two weeks to mount a comeback. Thursday’s debate in Detroit represents another opportunity for him that he can’t miss.
- •Ted Cruz may be the GOP establishment’s last hope to stop TrumpCruz is poised to be the chief beneficiary of the coming freakout over Rubio’s performance. Cruz used his victory speech in Texas to call for Rubio's exit. “For the candidates who have not yet won a state,” Cruz said, “I ask you to prayerfully consider our coming together, uniting. For those who have supported other candidates, we welcome you on our team uniting as one.”
- •What is John Kasich still doing in the race?The Ohio governor was the only Republican to bother campaigning in recent days in Vermont and still he lost there to Trump. And as the campaign moves to the Midwest, with contests in Michigan on March 8 and Ohio a week later, Kasich finds himself still trailing. (Photo: Associated Press)
- •Ben Carson: “I do not see a political path forward"The candidate says he will skip Thursday's debate though his announcement stopped short of a campaign suspension. He said he would reveal more details about his political future in a Friday speech in Maryland. (Photo: Associated Press)