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What we learned from Super Tuesday

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President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump moved closer to an official rematch by winning big on Super Tuesday, the most significant day in the 2024 presidential campaign so far. More than a dozen states held primaries or caucuses, marking a shift from the one-by-one process in early-voting states.

Trump dominated the Republican race, winning all but one state and significantly increasing his delegate count. While not enough for a conclusive nomination, he’s closing in on the required number. On the Democratic side, Biden continued his trend of winning around 80% of the vote in most states, despite facing challenges like low approval ratings and concerns about his handling of certain issues.

Despite their successes, both candidates faced warning signs. Trump saw potential weaknesses in urban and suburban areas, especially among college-educated voters, which could pose challenges in the general election. On the other hand, Biden faced criticism for his stance on the Israeli offensive in Gaza, leading to protest votes in some states.

As the race unfolds, concerns about third-party candidates, like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., gaining traction and influencing the outcome are growing. Meanwhile, Nikki Haley, a contender on the Republican side, experienced a silent night with no public remarks, indicating a challenging position in the race.

North Carolina emerged as a crucial state, with Biden’s chances to flip it and a high-stakes governor’s race drawing national attention. The abortion rights debate and the divisive persona of GOP candidate Mark Robinson could impact the political landscape in the state.

In a surprising turn, an unknown candidate, Jason Palmer, defeated Biden in American Samoa, adding a touch of unexpected drama to an otherwise predictable Super Tuesday. The only other close race occurred in Vermont, where Haley secured her only win of the day.

In North Carolina’s competitive House seat, Republican Ret. Army Col. Laurie Buckhout’s primary win strengthens the GOP’s chance to challenge Democratic Rep. Don Davis in the upcoming congressional election. The race is expected to be tight, with both candidates having notable financial support.

Overall, Super Tuesday showcased the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses, setting the stage for a heated and unpredictable presidential race.

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