Here's Why Hillary Clinton Had Such a Good Super Tuesday

March 1st 2016

Kyle Jaeger

With projected wins in seven out of 11 primary states as of 8:26 p.m. PST, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's is fulfilling predictions to sweep through the South. The sizeable gap in turnout between Black voters and young voters (aged 18 to 29) shown in early exit polls could explain why Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders came up short.


This chart sums up the challenge Sanders faced on Super Tuesday.


It's simple. Black voters support Clinton, and, in many cases, they showed up for her in huge numbers; the one demographic that really loves Sanders — young voters — didn't.

"Two reasons these two diverging (and overlapping) demographic groups generally add up to an edge for Clinton: (1) In many states there are more black Democratic voters than young ones, and (2) she’s winning among black voters by bigger margins than Sanders’s margin among young voters," FiveThirtyEight reports.

How Hillary Clinton fared on Super Tuesday.

Ahead of the electoral events, all polls seemed to indicate that Clinton would beat out Sanders in the majority of primary states that cast votes on Tuesday. Sanders has won three states so far — Vermont, Colorado, Minnesota, and Oklahoma — while Clinton has taken Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas by wide margins. She also edged out a close race in Massachusetts. (Updated: 8:26 p.m. PST) 


After handily winning the South Carolina Democratic primary earlier this month, Clinton's performance on Super Tuesday has led many analysts to conclude that the candidate was well on the path to securing the Democratic nomination.

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