Presidential cheat sheet: Monday, Feb. 29

The North State Journal continues to bring you a weekly update of the race to the White House. We’ll provide a weekly wrap-up of the controversial comments and breakdown of the top candidates every week so that you can stay up to date.


 

Why is Super Tuesday so super? A total of 865 delegates are up for grabs and all the candidates are playing for keeps. The polls will stay open until 7 p.m. except for in Alaska, where caucusing will continue until midnight. Therefore, the results will still be coming into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Texas is the grand prize of delegates. There are 155 Republican delegates and 252 Democratic delegates to allocate.

Bernie Sanders has a lead in the polls in Vermont, but Clinton leads in key states such as Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas.

On the Republican side, Texas is the only state where Donald Trump is behind Ted Cruz. A strong super Tuesday is critical for Cruz since his home state of Texas will be voting.

Democratic Side

Delegate Count:

Hillary Clitnon: 544

Bernie Sanders: 85

Hillary Clinton: After her big win in South Carolina, Clinton made her way to some churches in Memphis, Tennessee yesterday. “America has never stopped being great, our task is to make America whole.” Clinton was subtly mocking Trump’s slogan of, “Make America Great Again.”

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rallies with supporters at Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, Massachusetts February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rallies with supporters at Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, Massachusetts February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

One issue that united the party on Sunday, was when Trump refused to condemn KKK leader, David Duke on CNN with Jake Tapper. Sanders tweeted this about Trump. And Clinton, showing some democratic camaraderie, retweeted it.

Bernie Sanders: “America’s first black president cannot and will not be succeeded by a hatemonger who refuses to condemn the KKK,” he tweeted. Sanders also noted that he believes he will do better on Super Tuesday than most expect and that South Carolina will be “as bad as it’s going to get.”

Republican Side

Delegate Count:

Donald Trump: 82

Ted Cruz: 17

Marco Rubio: 16

John Kasich: 6

Ben Carson: 4

Donald Trump: In the interview with Jake Tapper about condemning KKK leader, David Duke, Trump had this to say, “I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.” But then Trump later tweeted, “As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke- I disavow.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chose to recently throw his support behind Trump, said he will not always agree with Trump. Some are hedging their bets that Christie is hoping to become Attorney General under a Trump administration since running for president did not work out for Christie as planned.

Marco Rubio: Since last week’s debate where Rubio shined, he has repeatedly called Trump a “con-artist.” Rubio said, “He’s trying to convince (voters) that somehow he’s the guy that’s going to stand up for illegal immigration but he hires illegal immigrants. He says he’s fighting for American workers but he’s hiring foreign workers for his hotels. That he’s going to bring back jobs from China and Mexico but in fact he’s creating jobs in China and Mexico because that’s where all of his suits and ties that he sells are made.”

Ted Cruz: “There is no doubt that if Donald steamrolls through Super Tuesday, wins everywhere with big margins, that he may well be unstoppable,” said Cruz. “I don’t think that is going to happen.” Cruz also mocked Trump when he noted on CNN, “If Donald becomes president, who the heck knows what he would do? Even Donald doesn’t know what he would do.”

A homemade campaign sign is seen at a rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Nick Oxford

A homemade campaign sign is seen at a rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Nick Oxford

 

John Kasich: “If I don’t win Ohio, then it’s time to call it over,” said Kasich.

Ben Carson: Carson says he believes he will bounce back on Super Tuesday. In regards to Trump being the front-runner, Carson said, “Right now people are making decisions based on anger and fear, and anyone who knows human nature can tell you that when you make decisions based on anger and fear they tend to be bad decisions.”

North Carolina has a new voter ID law. Next week, we will explain what exactly is required when you go to vote on March 15. Check back here next Monday morning for your weekly re-cap of the presidential race to the White House.