5 Important Things to Know About the Elections Over the Weekend
Not long after Super Tuesday, five more states and a territory cast their votes this past weekend. Here's what went down: on Saturday (also known as Super Saturday) both parties had elections in Kansas and Louisiana; in addition, the GOP held caucuses in Maine and Kentucky, and Democrats had a caucus in Nebraska. On Sunday, there was a Democratic caucus in Maine and a Republican primary in Puerto Rico.
1. Who won?
On the GOP side, Ted Cruz took Kansas and Maine, while Donald Trump won Louisiana and Kentucky. Marco Rubio swept the Puerto Rico primary, his second win so far in the election after Minnesota. As for the Democrats, Bernie Sanders came out victorious in Kansas, Maine, and Nebraska, and Hillary Clinton won in Louisiana (all results according to the Associated Press).
"The scream you hear, the howl that comes from Washington DC is utter terror at what we the people are doing together," said Cruz during his Kansas victory speech, alluding to his appeal as someone who challenges the government establishment. "We can and will beat Donald Trump over and over again," he later added.
Before any of the Democratic winners were announced, Sanders gave a speech in Warren, MI. "If you're going to be paid $250,000 for a speech, it must be a fantastic speech," he said, calling out Clinton for not releasing the transcripts of her paid Wall Street speeches. "A brilliant speech, which you would want to share with the American people, right?" Shortly after, he tweeted his thanks when the Kansas caucus was called.
Clinton, speaking in Detroit, said, "I am thrilled we're adding to our pledged delegate count. I'm grateful to everyone who turned out to support us." She also took a jab at Trump's "Make America great again" slogan, saying, "We've got work to do, but not to make America great again. America never stopped being great. We've got to make America whole. Diversity is a strength, not a weakness."
After winning Louisiana, Trump tweeted his thanks and gave a speech in Florida. "I've been in competitions all my life. There is nothing so exciting as this stuff. Nothing," he said. He then called for Marco Rubio to drop out since he's only won one contest so far: Minnesota. "I would love to take on Ted [Cruz] one-on-one. That would be so much fun — I want Ted one-on-one."
2. What was at stake?
Over the weekend, 156 delegates were up for grabs for Democrats and 178 for Republicans. Following the latest results (plus her Super Tuesday sweep), Clinton amassed 1,130 delegates, while Sanders had 499 out of the 2,383 needed to win. (This count does include super delegates, many of which have pledged to vote for Clinton but can still change their minds.) On the GOP side, Trump has 384 delegates, Cruz has 300, Rubio has 151, and John Kasich has 37 out of the 1,237 needed. (Ben Carson dropped out of the race on Friday after low numbers in previous elections.)
3. What could have affected these results?
Although polls were scarce for these states, Trump was projected to win all the GOP races. His loss in two states (and Puerto Rico) could be attributed to the backlash he received from the Republican party last week.
First there was that damning speech by Mitt Romney. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers," said the 2012 GOP presidential candidate of Trump. Then came the Republican debate on Thursday, during which his fellow candidates also called him out for being a fraud.
Plus, all of the GOP elections today were closed, meaning only people who are registered Republican could vote. This might've hurt Trump, since many of his voters are independents. There's also the fact that Trump doesn't perform as well in caucuses as he does in primaries — he's only won one of the first five caucuses. (Not sure what the difference is between a primary and a caucus? This will help.)
As expected, Sanders did well in Kansas, Nebraska, and Maine, all of which have a largely white population. He spent considerable money on advertising there compared to his minimal efforts in Louisiana, where a large percentage of voters are black and expected to pull for Clinton, according to The New York Times.
Rubio was the only candidate to visit Puerto Rico, so his win there among the mainly Latino population was no surprise.
4. Can I get a specific breakdown of the results?
1. Kansas Caucus
Republicans: Ted Cruz wins with 51 percent of the vote. Trump received 24 percent, Rubio 15 percent, and Kasich nine percent.
Democrats: Bernie Sanders wins, but the Kansas Democratic party didn't release a vote tally.
2. Louisiana Primary
Republicans: Donald Trump wins with 47 percent of the vote. Cruz received 25 percent, Rubio 19, and Kasich three percent.
Democrats: Hillary Clinton wins with 72 percent of the vote, while Sanders got 21 percent.
3. Kentucky Republican Caucus
Donald Trump wins with 35 percent of the vote. Cruz received 31 percent, Rubio 17, and Kasich 15 percent.
4. Maine Republican Caucus
Ted Cruz wins with 46 percent of the vote. Trump received 33 percent, Kasich 12 percent, and Rubio eight percent.
5. Maine Democratic Caucus
Bernie Sanders wins with 64 percent of the vote, while Clinton got 36 percent.
6. Nebraska Democratic Caucus
Bernie Sanders wins with 55 percent of the vote, while Clinton got 45 percent.
7. Puerto Rico Republican Primary
Marco Rubio wins with 71 percent of the vote. Trump received 13 percent, Cruz 8.6, and Kasich 1.3 percent.
5. What's next?
Tuesday brings four more elections: a Hawaii GOP caucus, Idaho GOP primary, and the Michigan and Mississippi primaries. Follow all our election coverage here.