Can Donald Trump lock up the Republican nomination?
That’s the question many people are wondering on the eve of Tuesday’s primaries in five states; including Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina.
It comes at a pivotal moment in the U.S. primary races, as Trump and Democratic front runner Hilary Clinton look for the knockout blow that will cement their position as party standard bearer once and for all.
What’s at stake
Tuesday’s primaries are so important because Florida and Ohio are “winner-take-all” states, meaning that whichever candidate wins takes all of the state’s delegates (many states divvy up delegates based on share of the popular vote)
That’s put all eyes on the two races as the determining factor in whether or not Trump can secure the 1,237 delegates he need to land the Republican nomination. Florida alone is worth 99 Republican delegates, while Ohio is worth 66.
Florida is U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s state, but according to a CBS News’ Battleground Tracker poll, Trump is ahead of Rubio in Florida by a good 20%. Ted Cruz is also ahead of Rubio by a few percentage points.
In Ohio, which is Governor John Kasich’s state, Kasich and Trump are tied at 33% with Ted Cruz trailing behind at 27%.
So if Trump wins all 99 in Florida, and all 66 in Ohio – he has a much better chance of securing the nomination – though it still won’t be a sure thing.
How candidates stack up in the hunt for delegates
What about the Democrats?
Meanwhile, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton is a safe distance ahead of Bernie Sanders, with 1,220 of the 2,383 delegates needed to lock the nomination. Sanders trails behind her with only 564 delegates.
Ultimately, everyone seems to agree that once tomorrow’s primaries are counted and confirmed, everyone will have a better idea of how far Trump may go in his race towards Presidency.
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And then there’s election day, which this year is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th. On election day, Americans don’t directly vote for president. It’s a bit complicated because of something called the Electoral College. Which is where this next video comes in…