Presidential polls 2016 primary election results: Donald Trump annihilates opponents, Kasich wins Ohio
Update: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has finally suspended his campaign after massive loss in his home state of Florida to Donald Trump. In his remarks, Rubio referenced the anger fueling Trump’s campaign without explicitly naming the front-runner.
While talking about the decision to suspend his campaign Rubio said, “While this may not have been the year for a hopeful and optimistic message, I still main hopeful and optimistic about America,” he said. He urged voters, “Do not give into the fear, do not give into the frustration. We can disagree about public policy… but we are a hopeful people, and we have every right to be hopeful.”
Update: Ohio Gov. John Kasich has won the primary in his home state. After winning the state despite apprehensions he went on to thank his supporters in Berea, Ohio. “I will not take the low road to the highest office in the land,” he said. “I think we can rally the people in Washington because I’m going to remind them that before we’re Republicans and Democrats, we’re Americans.”
On the eve of Tuesday primaries in as many as five states, it has become clear that Donald Trump is not just winning elections in different primaries, he is also winning the hearts of majority of Republicans across the nation. The result of a recent poll may be unnerving for Republican front runnerâ€™s opponents and other GOP leaders who are opposing him tooth and nail.
If the latest poll conducted by the Economist/YouGov is to be believed, real estate czar Trump seems to be winning the support of majority of GOP primary voters across the US. The poll suggests that as many as 53 percent Republican supporters favor him as their presidential nominee.
On the other hand Florida Sen. Marco Rubioâ€™s support base seems to be shrinking fast. He is expected to lose in Florida primary today by a huge margin. If he survives Trumpâ€™s onslaught, it will be a miracle, nothing else. The same Economist/YouGov poll says that as many as 42 percent of Republican primary voters said that they have become less favorable toward Rubio.
In the meantime opposition against Trump is building and some of his own supporters are asking him to stop attacking fellow Republican counterparts. In response to a question from a voter in Tampa, Trump said will focus more on Hillary Clinton in the coming days. â€œIf we win Ohio and if we win Florida, then everybody agrees, every one of these guys, that itâ€™s pretty much overâ€¦Then I can focus on Hillary, because thatâ€™s what I really want to focus on. The Republican Party has to come togetherâ€ said Trump.
â€” Gaby Fleischman CBS4 (@GabyontheGo) March 15, 2016
â€” CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) March 15, 2016
Mathematically it is statistically impossible for Kasich to get to 1237 – he would need 112% of the remaining delegates to be the nominee!
â€” Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 15, 2016
In Florida he is well ahead of others. Polls have consistently shown Trump enjoying a large lead in Florida, despite the candidacy of the state’s senator, Marco Rubio. The latest average of major polls in the state, published by RealClearPolitics, shows Trump leading with 43 percent, ahead of Rubio at 24.4 percent. Texas Senator Ted Cruz trails in third on 18.7 percent, with Kasich a distant last with 9.1 percent.
Nonetheless in Ohio, the battle is tougher. A WSJ/NBC News poll shows Donald Trump is trailing Gov. John Kasich in Ohio. Unless Trump wins primaries in both states on Tuesday, the battle may end in a contested GOP convention.
In the meantime billionaire businessmanâ€™s son Eric on Tuesday attacked Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Twitter saying â€œMathematically it is statistically impossible for Kasich to get to 1,237 – he would need 112% of the remaining delegates to be the nomineeâ€. Nonetheless the Guardian reported that there are 1,401 available delegates remaining in the Republican presidential primary, and Kasich already has 63 delegates. He would therefore need to win 83 percent of the remaining delegates to win the partyâ€™s nomination, which is not â€œstatistically impossible.â€
Five states are holding primaries today. This includes Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. For Republican candidates, 367 delegates are at stake, while there are 691 delegates up for grabs for Democratic candidates. Whoever wins handsomely in todayâ€™s elections will likely bag the nomination.