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All candidates for either Democratic or Republican presidential nomination for the upcoming elections face biggest test during the “Super Tuesday” primary polls. On Tuesday, eleven states cast votes for candidates.
The contests could be definitive for some of the candidates. Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Massachusetts, Colorado, Minnesota, Vermont, and American Samoa vote during the “Super Tuesday.” According to the polls, Donald Trump leads among Republicans, while Hillary Clinton is ahead of the other Democratic candidate, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
While the voting is underway, the New York Times writes that Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday denounced Donald Trump refusal to distance himself from the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
“If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games,” Mr. Ryan told reporters in Washington after his weekly meeting with House Republicans. “They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. This party does not prey on people’s prejudices. We appeal to their highest ideals. This is the party of Lincoln,” Ryan said, as the Times reports.
Regardless, five remain in the Republican race: Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Ben Carson. Candidates can won more than 1,500 delegates. Candidates of the Republican Party could win about half of the 1,237 delegates, needed for the nomination, CBS News says. Democratic candidates, Clinton and Sanders could win over a third of the delegates needed for the nomination.
CBS News explains the most of the states “will award their delegates proportionally for the Republicans instead of on a winner-take-all basis. Democrats award all of their delegates proportionally, except for super delegates, who are party officials who can commit to supporting whomever they want.”