Hillary Clinton consolidated her lead in the Democratic presidential race on Super Tuesday with convincing victories in Virginia, Texas and other states across the South, in large part thanks to a coalition of minority voters. While Bernie Sanders held on to states he was expected to win, such as his home state of Vermont and Oklahoma, Hillary Clinton received strong support in areas that are largely black or Hispanic, as well as winning big among Southern white voters. At a victory rally in Miami, she immediately took aim at likely Republican nominee Donald Trump, telling the crowd: “America never stopped being great. We have to make America whole — fill in what’s been hollowed out.” She added: “The rhetoric we’re hearing on the other side has never been lower. Trying to divide America between us and them is wrong, and we’re not going to let it work.”
While the exact delegate count will be determined in the following days, it was clear that Clinton won at least 150 more delegates than Sanders, giving her a more comfortable lead than Barack Obama was able to establish at the same point in the 2008 presidential race. “We have the makings of a broad-based diverse coalition that could not just power her to the nomination but make for a winning coalition in a general election,” Brian Fallon, a Clinton spokesman, told The New York Times. “But having said that, I think we have room to grow in certain areas.”
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