2016 Republican Party Primary Tracker

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The primary is the principle method used by American political parties to choose their candidates. Members of the political party select candidates to represent their party and their political views in a general election against their political opponent.

For the presidential election every four years, each state holds primaries across the state on a scheduled day. Because it is a part of the presidential nomination process, the media pays careful attention to who is leading after each result is announced and how it positively or negatively affects each candidate’s campaign.

The dates for these state contests change frequently, as each state tries to provide the maximum amount of individual influence in the selection of the party nomination.

  • February 1, 2016


    Cruzing to Victory

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz rode a wave of evangelical religious votes to win in Iowa Monday night. This marks the first time since he announced his candidacy that Donald Trump has not come out on top against his Republican opponents.

    Cruz won almost 28% of the precincts in the Iowa caucuses. Trump claimed 24% and Marco Rubio was in a close third place with 23%.

  • February 9, 2016

    New Hampshire

    The Donald Takes First

    Donald Trump claimed his first official victory in the 2016 race for  the Republican nomination. His 35 percent total was the highest total among GOP hopefuls. Ohio governor John Kasich reminded people he was still in the race with over 15.9 percent and second place. Ted Cruz posted a solid third place with 11.6 percent. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio posted fourth and fifth.

  • February 20, 2016


    Donald Trump Wins Again

    Donald Trump won again, with a convincing performance in the Deep South on Saturday. The real contest was who would come in second place. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were both going back and forth for the right to claim second. Each candidate claimed around 22 percent of the votes. Trump won 32 percent of the vote total.

    Jeb Bush decided to leave the race after another poor performance.

  • February 23, 2016


    Trump Notches Third Win

    Is the Donald Trump candidacy really picking up steam? After winning the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday night, his Republican opponents are probably asking that question.

    Trump won almost 46 percent of the votes cause in the caucuses state-wide. He also won all but two counties in Nevada. Ted Cruz won those two counties, but he claimed third place with 21 percent of the votes. Marco Rubio came in second with almost 24 percent of the votes.

    Ben Carson and John Kasich are still in the races, but they were both well behind Trump, Rubio, and Cruz’s vote totals.

  • March 1, 2016


    Trump widens his lead; Rubio grabs a win

    In terms of contests won, Donald Trump came out ahead on Super Tuesday. His campaign claimed victory in seven states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.

    Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas and neighboring Oklahoma. Marco Rubio notched a win in the Minnesota caucus.

    John Kasich’s best showing was a second place finish in Vermont. Ben Carson won single digit support in almost every contested state. Both Kasich and Carson vowed to continue their campaigns.

  • March 5, 2016


    Trump and Cruz add to their delegate totals

    Ted Cruz won the Kansas and Maine primaries while Donald Trump took the Kentucky and Louisiana primary contests.

  • March 6, 2016

    Puerto Rico

    Marco Rubio wins a second time

    The Rubio campaign was happy to claim another primary contest over the weekend. Rubio continues to focus much of his resources on his home state of Florida, whose primary is coming up soon.

  • March 8, 2016


    Two Out of Three. . .

    . . . isn’t bad for Donald Trump? He won in the Hawaii, Michigan, and Mississippi primary contests on Tuesday. But he didn’t win with more than 50 percent of the vote in any of these states. And Ted Cruz added another win to his total by claiming the Idaho primary.

  • March 12, 2016


    Wins for Cruz and Rubio

    Ted Cruz won the state of Wyoming on Saturday, relying on strong support from evangelical voters. Cruz won easily, taking over 60 percent of the voters while Trump (7 percent) and Rubio (20 percent) could not challenge at all.

    On the same day, Rubio grabbed another win in his continuing effort to gain momentum. Rubio edged out the other GOP candidate, Ohio governor John Kasich with a narrow 37 percent to 36 percent victory.

  • March 15, 2016


    Trump Takes Three & Kasich Claims One

    Donald Trump continued his strong performance in the Deep South with a win in Florida–which forced Marco Rubio to drop out of the race. Ohio governor John Kasich finally won a primary with a 47 percent to 36 percent victory in the Buckeye state.

    But across the several contests that day, Trump won more states–North Carolina, Illinois, and the Northern Marianas Islands. By the start of next, day the only outstanding primary from Tuesday not yet known was Missouri, where Trump and Ted Cruz were fighting for another win.

  • March 22, 2016


    Another Split Decision

    Donald Trump and Ted Cruz both claimed some western state victories on Tuesday. Trump took the vote in the state of Arizona while Cruz won its northern neighbor–the state of Utah. Ohio governor John Kasich came in third in both contests.

    Trump continues to collect Republican delegates, in the hopes of gaining the minimum number of 1,237 need to claim the party nomination at the July convention.

  • March 10, 2016

    Virgin Islands

    There have been no officially reported results for this Republican contest

  • April 5, 2016


    Ted Cruz Claims Another Win

    The battle for the Republican Party nomination continued on Tuesday. Ted Cruz claimed almost all of the Wisconsin delegates with a convincing win over Donald Trump and John Kasich. The delegate margin between Trump (739) and Cruz (502) narrowed further as a result.

    This brings the possibility of a contested party convention a bit closer.

  • April 8, 2016


    The Colorado Republican Party decided not to hold a primary this year. Instead, it opted to meet privately and choose its delegates that will attend the party’s national convention Cleveland in July.

  • April 19, 2016


    Trump Takes Manhattan . . .

    . . . and Queens, and the Bronx, and upstate, and really the whole of New York. After a few weeks of frustrating loses and momentum stalls, The Donald won big with over 60 percent of the primary votes cast in his home state. John Kasich came in a distant second place and Ted Cruz’s own momentum slowed down with a disappointing last place posting.

  • April 26, 2016


    Trump was Teriffic

    On Tuesday night, Donald Trump swept all of the Mid-Atlantic primary contests. He won each state with between 54–64 percent of the votes. It was, in his own victory speech, the best night yet for his campaign.

    Trump still needs just under 300 more delegates to claim the Republican party nomination. And unless Ted Cruz or John Kasich can muster up some unseen strength in the few remaining contests, Trump might cruise his own way to the summer convention.

  • May 3, 2016


    Triumphant Trump Takes the Hoosier State

    In a very significant night, Donald Trump accomplished a few key things. He won the Indiana primary decisively. Then Ted Cruz announced that he was suspending his campaign, after losing the last seven primary contests in a row.

    The head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus quickly tweeted a statement that the GOP needed to unite behind Trump as the “presumptive” nominee.

  • May 10, 2016


    Trump x 2

    A week after the big Indiana win and the suspension of his rivals campaigns, Donald Trump easily won every county in both Nebraska and West Virginia.

  • May 17, 2016


    Trump Takes Oregon

    Donald Trump now has over 1,100 delegates with this claiming of Oregon. He is only 100 or so delegate votes away from reaching the minimum number to take the GOP nomination on the first ballot at the convention.

  • May 24, 2016


    Trump Takes It

    The Donald claimed the state of Washington yesterday, adding another group of delegates to this count as he prepares for the final set of primary contests on June 7.

  • June 7, 2016


    Trump Finishes the Race

    The Republican primary calendar has come to a close and Donald Trump claimed the final five contests on Tuesday with more than 70 percent wins in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

    Now Trump prepares for the party convention in Cleveland, Ohio next month, while continuing to focus his arguments on the Democratic Party.

  • July 18-21, 2016

    Republican National Convention

    Rockin’ and Rollin’

    Donald Trump headlined the Republican National Convention, held in Cleveland, Ohio in mid July. Members of the Grand Ole’ Party came together to celebrate their point of view, explain how dangerous Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party’s vision of America seems to them, and get behind their chosen candidate Donald Trump.

    Trump won the nomination officially on Tuesday, July 19. He spoke on Thursday night, making his case for the American people to vote for him. Trump’s convention (as has been true of much of his campaign) was not without controversy–notably some plagiarism questions about his wife’s speech and Ted Cruz’s speech that did not endorse Trump by name and generated a lot of anger from the watching convention crowd.

    To read more about the convention, click this link.

David Martin


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