Clinton Sweeps the South; Sanders Wins 4
Super Tuesday results
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 1, 2016 6:04 PM CST
Updated Mar 1, 2016 10:30 PM CST
Hours before polls open, a Bernie Sanders volunteer prepares brochures for Sanders supporters reminding them to vote on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton scooped up seven states on Super Tuesday in her bid to lock down frontrunner status—but Bernie Sanders had a late flurry of victories himself. When the first polls closed, CNN quickly projected Clinton the winner in Georgia and Virginia—both states she lost to Barack Obama in 2008—with Sanders winning his home state of Vermont. Clinton then racked up wins in Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas (where she was once the state's first lady), before adding Texas. The latter gave her a sweep of Southern states holding primaries, reports the AP. She also won Massachusetts in a close contest, along with American Samoa. The night ended well for Sanders, however, as he added Oklahoma, Colorado, and Minnesota to his tally.

Earlier, Clinton declined to make any predictions. "Let's see what voters decide in all these states that are lined up today and then we'll take stock after it's over," she said. Sanders spoke in Vermont and said his campaign, which has plenty of money, is in it for the long run, reports Business Insider. He noted that most of the states have yet to vote. "Let me assure you that we are going to take our fight for economic justice, for social justice, for environmental sanity, for world of peace, to every one of those states." All told, Clinton and Sanders were competing for 865 delegates in 11 states and American Samoa on Tuesday, the biggest single-day prize of the 2016 campaign. Click here for Republican results.