Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recaptured her frontrunner crown with a sweep of Super Tuesday victories over Sen. Bernie Sanders in Southern states. Clinton was named the victor in multiple states considered to be major prizes in the race to the nomination. On top of winning more than half of the Super Tuesday states, Clinton grabbed almost twice as many delegates as Sanders.
In presidential primaries, the number of delegates collected is considered more significant than the number of states amassed. So, while it's a good sign for Clinton's campaign that the former secretary of state pulled decisive wins in seven of 11 states holding primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday, her delegate count is what actually matters.
On the biggest day of the presidential primary race, Clinton collected 453 of the 859 pledged delegates up for grabs to push her total number of pledged delegates up to 554, according to tallies by political polling data aggregator Real Clear Politics.
One of Clinton's biggest delegate wins came in Texas, which had the most delegates at stake of any state participating in Super Tuesday. Clinton won 122 of Texas' 222 pledged delegates. In contrast, Sanders picked up only 48 of the state's delegates.
Georgia voters also handed Clinton a sizable share of delegates. She won 66 of the state's 102 pledged delegates with 99 percent of the vote reported, more than double the 23 delegates Sanders won in the state. Clinton also took home more slightly less than twice the number of pledged delegates appropriated to Sanders in Virginia, winning 61 delegates to his 32.
A Democratic candidate needs 2,383 delegates to become the party's presidential nominee, meaning the race isn't quite over yet. With at least 554 total pledged delegates behind her, Clinton will end Super Tuesday with a little less than a quarter of the delegates she'll need to secure the nomination. Further boosting Clinton's delegate count are at least 457 Superdelegates currently vowing to support her at the Democratic convention. In contrast, Sanders has only 22 Superdelegates behind him.
Clinton and Sanders will battle it out for delegates again on March 15 when the delegate-rich states of Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, and North Carolina head to the polls in their own state primaries to distribute a total of 693 pledged delegates.