Aday before voters head to the polls in the pivotal Super Tuesday primary races in certain states around the nation, Republican candidates continued to pummel each other in an effort to win votes.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump leads among likely early Republican voters in Georgia and Tennessee, while rival Ted Cruz is out front in his home state of Texas, according to new polls from NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist.
Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, on Monday vowed to stay in the race after a towering defeat Saturday by Hillary Clinton in South Carolina’s primary race. Polls show Clinton leading Sanders in Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas by a margin of 2-to-1, reports NBC News.
On the Republican side, the new survey finds Trump’s lead is dominant, and his support tops that of his four remaining opponents combined. The businessman tops his nearest competitor by more than 30 points: 49% back Trump, 16% Marco Rubio, 15% Ted Cruz, 10% Ben Carson and 6% John Kasich.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton tops Bernie Sanders 55% to 38% in the new poll, a slightly wider margin than she held in late January before any primaries or caucuses were held.
There are sharper demographic splits among the Democratic electorate than on the Republican side. Men, younger voters, independents and liberals are all about evenly split between Clinton and Sanders, while Clinton’s lead rests on large advantages among women, older voters, Democrats and moderates.
From ABC News:
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio continued to hammer the GOP front-runner’s character and lack of policy specifics in a series of attacks Sunday while courting voters across the South. But it was Trump’s refusal to denounce an implicit endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke that dominated the narrative less than two days before Republican voters across 11 states head to the polls.
The new focus comes as Trump’s rivals acknowledge that time is running out to prevent the former reality television host from becoming the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. He took a new step in that direction by earning the endorsement of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, a would-be Cruz ally who backed Trump instead.
“There is no doubt that if Donald steam rolls through Super Tuesday, wins everywhere with big margins, that he may well be unstoppable,” Cruz said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
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Black Dems Urge Obama To Nominate Loretta Lynch To Top Court
As the battle heats up for Barack Obama to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia amid threats from Republicans to block a nominee, Black Congressional leaders are pushing the president to nominate Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The request comes not only because of her innumerable qualifications, but because she knows the drill after Republicans stalled her confirmation hearing last year for months.
Via The Hill:
Lynch, if confirmed, would become the first African-American woman to serve as a justice. She would also be the first African-American appointed by a Democratic president since Thurgood Marshall, an influential liberal who retired in 1991.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) argue the court’s only African-American justice, Clarence Thomas, who was nominated by George H.W. Bush in 1991, doesn’t represent the interests of their constituents.
“I would love to see him appoint Loretta Lynch. She’s already been vetted. She meets the criteria that he’s laid out. She would certainly be my recommendation,” said Elijah Cummings, a senior member of the CBC.
Cummings also stressed the importance of nominating Lynch, noting that African-American women voters twice helped Obama win the presidency.
SOURCE: The Hill | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty