Everything that Super Tuesday Means for the Republican Race

In an election where facts don’t matter, momentum is everything.

Following weeks of grandstanding, “Mission Accomplished” levels of declaring premature victory, and ominous primary results that should have made what was coming, Super Tuesday is now behind us, with the winners, losers, and those in the middle being pretty much exactly who you would expect.

Despite Ted Cruz’s confidence in Southern domination, the Donald had a near-sweep of the region, winning all primaries but Oklahoma, Texas (Both Cruz victories), and Minnesota, where supposed frontrunner Rubio finally snagged his first primary win.

Rubio’s win, however, could be too little too late.

Rubio will emerge the biggest loser from Super Tuesday. He needed something special to happen, and was left waiting for it. Despite grilling Trump the entire week, from making fun of his fingers to his spray tan, Though he clearly did not finish last place,the sun has been setting on Carson’s campaign for weeks now, and with many speculating Kasich is auditioning for the Vice Presidency, he could quite possibly succeed in his goal, following the Ohio primary.

Yet with Jeb Bush out of the race, Rubio lacks any meaningful challenger for the establishment candidacy; with only one win under his belt, and Trump possibly two weeks from acquiring an insurmountable lead, the establishment is frantic for a way to stop the Donald. The media and party elites never expected Trump to make it this far, despite his domination of the polls for a strong nine months.

Unfortunately, the Grand Ole Party’s members, establishment included, are slowly sneaking their way towards the Donald. With Trump starting to receive endorsements from high profile Republicans, most notably Chris Christie, whose days as the establishment sweetheart with a soft side for helping people are long gone, it is becoming quite obvious that Trump lacks serious competitors.

It is hard to overstate how drastic Christie’s endorsement of Trump actually is. For years, Christie was recognized as a Republican that even liberals could learn to like; his interviews with Jon Stewart are astonishingly friendly, and his cozying up to President Obama even damaged him in the current race. For him to endorse Trump shows weakness in the establishment’s ability to prevent disaster.

Between his domination of Tuesday, and being the central figure of the presidential race, it is now quite clear that Trump is, indeed, the new face of the Republican party, and the likely nominee for president. Short of an unprecedented tidal wave against him, which remains possible, he will be the official candidate.