As of 11:30pm ET, Clinton had won Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. Clinton, a former first lady, U.S. senator, and secretary of state, also won the U.S. territory American Samoa.
To every member of this team: Thank you. When it's gotten tough, you've never wavered. Now, let's keep going. -H pic.twitter.com/faPyL5YOcQ— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 2, 2016
The strong year-long challenge posed by Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont took a hit on Tuesday night, despite having won the primary in his home state, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Minnesota. Tonight’s events leave Sanders still in the race but with long odds to win the Democratic nomination.
“This campaign is not just about electing a president, it is about transforming America,” Sanders said during a speech in Vermont.
Clinton, who first ran for president in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama, built up a nearly insurmountable lead by dominating early primary states first and following through with an impressive Super Tuesday operation.
Clinton currently holds a 3-point lead over Trump in national polls, according to Real Clear Politics, small enough to guarantee a competitive contest throughout 2016.
"It’s clear that the stakes in this election have never been higher. And the rhetoric we’re hearing on the other side has never been lower."— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 2, 2016
This country belongs to all of us—not just to those at the top. Not just to people who look one way, worship one way, or even think one way.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 2, 2016
The 2016 presidential candidates will now head across the country throughout March. Seventeen states and territories will cast ballots in Republican primaries in the next two weeks, including the crucial states of Ohio and Florida on March 15.
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