Here’s what you need to know about the 2016 Presidential Election as of 11:59 p.m. on March 8th:
Donald Trump has taken the GOP by the reigns and has come out on top in the majority of the primaries. His competitors are Marco Rubio, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Ted Cruz, a Senator from Texas, and John Kasich, Governor of Ohio.
In order to win, the Republican candidate needs votes from 1,237 delegates. Each state is a little different, some use a winner-take-all method and some use a proportional method. Basically, these delegates represent the citizens of each state and cast their votes according to the candidate that the people have chosen.
Here’s how the numbers stack up so far for the Republicans:
Trump – 446 (New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi)
Cruz – 347 (Iowa, Alaska, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Maine, Idaho)
Rubio – 151 (Minnesota, Puerto Rico)
Kasich – 54 (no state wins so far)
In the Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, and Bernie Sanders, a Senator from Vermont, have conflicting ideologies. Bernie is a self-proclaimed socialist and Hillary comes from a very rich Democratic political history (her husband Bill was the 42nd President of the U.S.).
For the Democrats, a proportional method is always used. For example, for a state with ten delegates and three candidates, the candidate with 50 percent would receive 5 votes, 10 percent would receive one vote, and 40 percent would receive 4 votes. The candidate needs 2,383 delegates to win.
The Democratic candidates look like this:
Clinton – 759 (Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, American Samoa, Louisiana, Mississippi)
Sanders – 546 (New Hampshire, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Vermont, Kansas, Nebraska, Maine, Michigan)