Donald Trump wins big as first Super Tuesday polls close

Washington DC - Donald Trump won primary elections in Virginia and North Carolina, networks predicted as results began to come in from the 15 Super Tuesday states in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Donald Trump continued to dominate the Republican presidential primaries as the Super Tuesday results rolled in.
Donald Trump continued to dominate the Republican presidential primaries as the Super Tuesday results rolled in.  © IMAGO / USA TODAY Network

The former president, who is bidding for a comeback after being unseated by Joe Biden in 2020, is expected to claim a clean sweep of states Tuesday on the way to the nomination.

Trump thanked Virginia and North Carolina on his Truth Social site, as counts were underway in states across the country.

His longshot challenger, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, has failed to provide a significant obstacle in Trump's path to the nomination but has refused to drop out of the race.

Donald Trump calls political opponents "human scum" on the somber holiday of Memorial Day
Donald Trump Donald Trump calls political opponents "human scum" on the somber holiday of Memorial Day

Barring massive upsets, Haley looks set to collect only a handful of the delegates needed to secure the nomination with her narrow support base of affluent, suburban university graduates.

Polling averages from RealClearPolitics show 77-year-old Trump 65 points clear in the primary and two points ahead of Biden in a one-on-one match-up in the November election.

The Trump surge comes a day after the Supreme Court denied a bid by a handful of states to keep him off the ballot over his push to overturn the 2020 election when he refused to concede defeat to Biden and riled up a mob that assaulted the US Capitol.

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