Yes, it is Super Tuesday, a day when primaries are being held in a number of states. A lot of delegates are at stake today on both sides of the aisle, though it looks like Clinton is going to clean up. Things are not as clear on the Republicans/Trump side, but hey, that just makes it more exciting, right? Uh, yeah, right. At this point, though, Trump seems to have an edge in a number of states.
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article on just what “Super Tuesday” is, the states, and the stakes. From WSJ:
How many states are participating in Super Tuesday and why are there conflicting numbers?
Not all of the states in which voting takes place March 1 award delegates on March 1. This year, 11 states award delegates for both parties. (Thirteen states and one U.S. territory hold contests.)
Which states hold contests in which delegates are awarded?
The 11 states awarding delegates to Republican candidates are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.
The 11 states awarding delegates to Democratic candidates are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.
Alaska, Colorado and Minnesota hold caucuses, while the other states hold primaries. Alaska holds caucuses for only the Republican Party on March 1. Colorado holds caucuses for both parties but the Republican Party doesn’t award delegates until later.
How are delegates awarded?
Delegates are awarded proportionally — not winner-take-all — in the Democratic and Republican primaries on Super Tuesday. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
As you have likely heard, Texas is going to be a big time state because it has a HUGE number of delegates to award for both the Republicans (155) and the Democrats (222). But, one has to reach at least 20% of votes, and if one gets over 50% of the votes, that person takes ALL the delegates. In theory, Cruz could take them all.
Kasich and Carson continue to play spoilers in the GOP campaign, and they both claim they have no plans to drop out. They both need to get over themselves. As I have said, and many of you, neither one of them is every going to get the nomination, so they need to put their egos aside and get out already.
Who knows, though – we could end up with these two running against each other with this result, as Branco from Legal Insurrection highlights so well:
Meanwhile, this week is also bringing some new witnesses to testify before the Benghazi Committee. Today ‘s hearing will be behind closed doors to protect the eyewitness giving testimony. I don’t know when we will learn the results of this testimony, but the Committee is definitely still working. Here is their schedule just for this week (h/t Townhall):
The following witnesses will be questioned in private and bring the total number of witnesses interviewed to 79, including 62 who had never before been interviewed by a congressional committee (these are denoted with asterisks). This schedule is not comprehensive and is subject to change.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Witness: Gentry Smith, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countermeasures within the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security*
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Witness: An eyewitness to the attacks from the national security community
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Witness: James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff*
Friday, March 4, 2016
Witness: Susan Curley, Managing Director of the State Department’s Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation* […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Why am I emphasizing these hearings? Well, because a whole bunch of Clinton emails related to Benghazi have just been released and this kind of thing seems to be taking a backseat to the Campaigns. From WFB via Townhall:
[…] The State Department turned over 1,600 pages of previously undisclosed documents related to Hillary Clinton and Libya to the House Benghazi committee on Friday, a month after it revealed the existence of the documents in an unrelated court case.
The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced it received the records on Friday, adding that the State Department has yet to fully comply with document requests the committee made nearly a year ago.
“Today the State Department turned over more than 1,600 pages of new documents related to former Secretary Clinton and Libya,” the committee said. “The State [Department] claimed in a January 8th court filing that it only recently discovered these new documents from the Office of the Secretary.”
In January, the State Department disclosed in a court filing that it had recently discovered “thousands” of new documents related to Clinton’s tenure and the Benghazi attack. The filing was in response to a lawsuit by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which has been seeking records from Clinton’s time at the State Department. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Ruh roh. That doesn’t sound so good for Sec. Clinton, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting voters continuing to choose Clinton. I guess that compared to a Socialist, who else are they going to choose besides someone who exposed this nation to a boatload of hurt by sending classified and Top Secret emails on an open server?
Then again, the young people are all too happy about Socialism and even Communism. Yep. That is our Educational system at work int his country. Then against, when the Association of Teacher Educators have the likes of Bill Ayers as their Keynote Speaker, what can one expect? And if either Trump of one of the Democrats make it into the White House, we will be stuck with Common Core*, so there is very little hope this will change. Before we know it, we will be Venezuela. Hey, it could happen. (*Trump claims he will get rid of Common Core, but has also let slip that he will keep Common Core. It is a coin flip which one he actually means.)
I do so worry about this country. Unless people wake up and fast, we are going to be changed in a big way.
Feel free to talk about any of the above, or to report the outcome of the voting in the Super Tuesday States. This is an Open Thread.