Super Tuesday: Clinton, Trump look to pull away from rivals

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Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station located in a Fiesta Mart supermarket in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and a host of states in between were heading to polling places and caucus sites on the busiest day of the 2016 primaries.  (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa) Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station located in a Fiesta Mart supermarket in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and a host of states in between were heading to polling places and caucus sites on the busiest day of the 2016 primaries. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton see an opportunity to pull away from their rivals on Super Tuesday, as almost a dozen state contests across the country could accelerate their march toward the general election.

It’s the busiest day of the 2016 primary campaign, with a quarter of Americans having their say.

CCTV America’s Jim Spellman reports on how candidates are reaching young voters.

Presidential candidates hope to capture youth vote

Presidential candidates hope to capture youth vote

On the campus of the University of Texas and across the country, candidates have been reaching out to young voters.

The contests come at a turbulent moment for Republicans as they grapple with the prospect of Trump becoming the party’s nominee. His main rivals, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, are engaged in a frantic effort to stop the billionaire real estate magnate, but it was unclear whether they had made their move too late.

Candidates campaign for votes in Super Tuesday 2016

It’s the busiest day of the 2016 primary campaign, with a quarter of Americans having their say. Democrats will vote in 11 states and American Samoa on Super Tuesday, with 865 delegates up for grabs. It will take 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination at the party’s national convention in July. Republicans will vote in 11 states, with 595 delegates at stake — nearly half the 1,237 delegates needed to gain the nomination at the party’s convention, also in July. States holding voting contests in both parties Tuesday are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Republicans vote in Alaska and Democrats in Colorado.

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Tess, a Basset Hound and Collie mix, looks up at voters as her owner Lindsay Greco, right, casts her ballot in the Georgia primary election at a polling site in a firehouse Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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US Democrats living in Germany cast their ballots at a polling station in a restaurant in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The United States have their presidential primary elections on so-called Super Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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In this Feb. 24, 2016 photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, is introduced by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a rally in Houston. Cruz needs a big win in his home state on Super Tuesday and is leaning on his former mentor to lock in voters. Abbott on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, will join Cruz for rallies across the state. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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A brochure is placed in the door of a Sanders supporter reminding them to vote ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries early Tuesday morning, March 1, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The local Sanders campaign mobilized over 40 volunteers in a grassroots effort to canvas Austin neighborhoods before dawn. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)
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A US Democrat living in Germany casts his ballot at a polling station in a restaurant in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The United States have their presidential primary elections on the so-called Super Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Voters wait in line to cast their Super Tuesday ballots at a polling station located at the University Co-op in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and a host of states in between were heading to polling places and caucus sites on the busiest day of the 2016 primaries. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)
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Douglas Barker, a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, prepares to briefly rest on the floor of the Sanders campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas before continuing to work throughout Super Tuesday, on Tuesday morning, March 1, 2016. The local Sanders campaign mobilized over 40 volunteers in a grassroots effort to canvas Austin neighborhoods before dawn. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)
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Dr. Bonnie Maniaci walks with her service dog Finn to wait in line to vote at Montvale Elementary School in Maryville, Tenn., Tuesday, March 1, 2016, during voting on Super Tuesday. (Tom Sherlin/The Daily Times via AP)
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Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station located in a Fiesta Mart supermarket in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and a host of states in between were heading to polling places and caucus sites on the busiest day of the 2016 primaries. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves as he leaves a news conference after voting in the Vermont primary at the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center in Burlington, Vermont, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, on Super Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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A backpack is covered with various buttons in favor of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. during a campaign rally for the candidate in Minneapolis, Minn., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, the day before Super Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Voters wait in line to vote at Montvale Elementary School Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Maryville, Tenn., during Super Tuesday. Election sites all had long lines during the day Tuesday. (Tom Sherlin/The Daily Times via AP)
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally to promote early voting ahead of Super Tuesday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 in Pine Bluff, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)
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Emma Belalcazar, 3, holds a cut out of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. while he speaks during a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minn., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, the day before Super Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Brittany Fee protest outside the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Donald Trump is campaigning in Texas ahead of the Super Tuesday elections next week. (Lawrence Jenkins/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
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Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump shows news photographers a poster to make a point about his support after a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Fort Worth, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Trump is campaigning in Texas ahead of the Super Tuesday elections next week. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a photo with a supporter at a rally to promote early voting ahead of Super Tuesday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Pine Bluff, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Like Trump, Clinton has won three of the four early voting contests, including in South Carolina on Saturday. Her victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders there was due to support from black voters, putting her in position for a strong showing in several Southern states with large African-American electorates voting Tuesday.

Clinton is casting herself as a civil alternative to the insults and bullying that have consumed the Republican race, which she said Tuesday has “turned into a kind of one-upmanship on insulting, and I don’t think that’s appropriate in a presidential campaign.”

Super Tuesday explainer

Super Tuesday explainer

Sanders, who has energized young voters with his call for a political revolution, was seeking to pick up victories in states including Minnesota and Vermont. But he faces tough questions about whether he can rally minorities, who are core Democratic voters.

Democrats will vote in 11 states and American Samoa on Super Tuesday, with 865 delegates up for grabs. It will take 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination at the party’s national convention in July.

Republicans will vote in 11 states, with 595 delegates at stake — nearly half the 1,237 delegates needed to gain the nomination at the party’s convention, also in July.

States holding voting contests in both parties Tuesday are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Republicans vote in Alaska and Democrats in Colorado.

Trump was seeking to sweep the South, which would be a massive blow for Cruz. The Texas senator, a favorite of the region’s social conservatives and evangelical Christians, expected the South to be his strength, but now is simply hoping for a victory in his home state.

Rubio is seeking to stay competitive in the delegate count Tuesday and hopes to pull off a win in his home state of Florida on March 15. The Florida senator has cast himself as Republicans’ best chance to win in a general election and has received a flood of endorsements from party officials after other more mainstream candidates dropped out.

An Associated Press survey of Republican senators and governors across the country showed just under half of respondents would not commit to backing Trump if he’s the nominee. Their reluctance foreshadowed a potentially extraordinary split in the party this fall.

Story by the Associated Press


Middle Eastern leaders observe U.S. politics during Colorado caucuses

Civic leaders from across the Middle East are in the U.S. state of Colorado observing first-hand the state’s caucuses on Super Tuesday.

CCTV America’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports from Denver.

Middle Eastern leaders observe U.S. politics during Colorado caucuses

Middle Eastern leaders observe U.S. politics during Colorado caucuses

Civic leaders from across the Middle East are in the U.S. state of Colorado observing first-hand the state's caucuses on Super Tuesday. CCTV America's Hendrik Sybrandy reports from Denver. Colorado is one of a dozen states holding caucuses or primaries on this Super Tuesday. These visitors hope to take some of what they're learning about U.S. politics and elections back to their home countries. The 12 visitors are civic leaders and hail from countries including Algeria, Egypt and Jordan. The three-week tour is aimed at observing U.S. democracy in action. The first stop on Super Tuesday was Engaged Public , a Colorado public policy firm. The group learned about citizen initiatives, a means by which some U.S. residents can bypass their elected officials and make law that is directly voted on by the public. This form of direct democracy is unheard of in many parts of the world. These leaders were part of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, and included a woman from Saudi Arabia who was among the first women in her country to run for public office. She lost that race, but she believes this experience could make her a better candidate next time. The evening of Super Tuesda the visitors are expected to witness their first election caucus.

Colorado is one of a dozen states holding caucuses or primaries on this Super Tuesday. These visitors hope to take some of what they’re learning about U.S. politics and elections back to their home countries.

The 12 visitors are civic leaders and hail from countries including Algeria, Egypt and Jordan. The three-week tour is aimed at observing U.S. democracy in action.

The first stop on Super Tuesday was Engaged Public, a Colorado public policy firm. The group learned about citizen initiatives, a means by which some U.S. residents can bypass their elected officials and make law that is directly voted on by the public.

This form of direct democracy is unheard of in many parts of the world.

These leaders were part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, and included a woman from Saudi Arabia who was among the first women in her country to run for public office. She lost that race, but she believes this experience could make her a better candidate next time.

The evening of Super Tuesday the visitors are expected to witness their first election caucus.


Political consultant Marjorie Clifton on Super Tuesday results

CCTV America’s Mike Walter interviewed Marjorie Clifton, CEO of Clifton Consulting and a consultant to U.S. presidential campaigns.

Political consultant Marjorie Clifton on Super Tuesday results

Political consultant Marjorie Clifton on Super Tuesday results

CCTV America's Mike Walter interviewed Marjorie Clifton, CEO of Clifton Consulting and a consultant to U.S. presidential campaigns.


York professor Rodney Loeppky on Super Tuesday results

CCTV America’s Mike Walter interviewed Rodney Loeppky, an associate professor at York University about the early Super Tuesday retuls.

York professor Rodney Loeppky on Super Tuesday results

York professor Rodney Loeppky on Super Tuesday results

CCTV America's Mike Walter interviewed Rodney Loeppky, an associate professor at York University about the early Super Tuesday retuls.