Super Tuesday: Biden, Trump sweep primaries as stage set for historic rematch

Biden, however, lost the American Samoa primary to little-known Jason Palmer

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Both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump continued their winning streak through the primaries on Super Tuesday with Republican front-runner Trump winning 11 of the 15 states by around IST 8 am on Wednesday. 

The 16 states that went to vote on Super Tuesday are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia. While Alaska voted on Republican candidates, Iowa will only vote on Democratic candidates. One territory, American Samoa, cast ballots in the Democratic race as well. 

Biden, with little or no challengers, notched victories in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Maine, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina and Vermont. However, in an interesting turn of events, he  lost the American Samoa primary to little-known candidate Jason Palmer, a Maryland-based entrepreneur.  He was also on the ballot today in Colorado and Vermont. 

The President reacted to his win, stating that the way he has dealt with the African American community has been shameful. Biden has a huge support base among Black voters, who helped anchor his 2020 coalition.

"Are we going to keep moving forward or will we allow Donald Trump to drag us backwards into the chaos, division, and darkness that defined his term in office?" he said in a statement. 

"My message to the country is this: Every generation of Americans will face a moment when it has to defend democracy. Stand up for our personal freedom. Stand up for the right to vote and our civil rights. To every Democrat, Republican, and independent who believes in a free and fair America: This is our moment. This is our fight. Together, we will win," he said.

Trump managed to win 393 delegates by Wednesday morning though he wouldn't be able to amass enough delegates to secure the nomination tonight. So far, he has 715 delegates, with 1,215 needed for the Republican nomination.

Trump also won the Republican presidential primary in Colorado, where he was taken off the ballot before Supreme Court reinstated him. Colorado has 37 GOP delegates. He is also projected to win Texas, the second-largest delegate haul of 161 in the GOP primary.

The former President reacted to his victories, calling it a big one. "They call it Super Tuesday for a reason. This is a big one," the former president says. He claims the pundits have told him there's "never been anything so conclusive" and he plans to inspire a turnaround of the country.

As for his competition Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor won her first state on Tuesday — and her second primary overall — narrowly beating Donald Trump in Vermont. 

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