Trump wins the Republican “Super Tuesday” primaries in Alabama (43%), Arkansas (33%), Georgia (39%), Massachusetts (49%), Tennessee, (39%), Vermont (33%), and Virginia (35%). Ted Cruz wins Alaska (36%, Trump 34%), Oklahoma (34%, Trump 28%), and Texas (44%, Trump 27%). Marco Rubio wins Minnesota (37%, Trump 21%). Speaking in Palm Beach, Florida, where his is flanked by Chris Christie, Trump congratulates Cruz and comments on Hillary Clinton’s wins.
The Democrats … they don’t have any energy. Their numbers are down. Our numbers are through the roof…I think if somebody is doing as well as I’m doing … I think it’s awfully hard to say that’s not the person we want to lead the party, right?..I don’t know that [Hillary’s] going to be allowed to run…We either have a country or we don’t. We have borders or we don’t have borders.
Trump wins the Nevada GOP primary with 45.9% of the vote. Marco Rubio comes second with 23.9%, followed by Ted Cruz with 21.4%. Trump:
We’re winning, winning, winning the country, and soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning.
Trump wins the New Hampshire primary with 35.3% of the vote. John Kasich is second with 15.8, follwoed by Ted Cruz (11.7%), Jeb Bush (11%), and Marco Rubio (10.6%). On the democratic side, Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton. Trump:
Congratulations to Bernie. We have to congratulate him, we may not like it. He wants to give away our country, folks. We’re not going to let it happen.
Taiwan elects its first female president. Ms. Tsai leads a party that seeks full independence from China. In her victory speech she thanked the U. S. and Japan for their support of Taiwan, and vowed to maintain the status quo between the two nations, warning that:
any forms of suppression will harm the stability of cross-strait relations.
Catalan lawmakers elect Puigdemont, mayor of Girona, and a pro-independence parliamentary leader. The move signals a move toward more autonomy for the region, which is opposed by Spain. Girona, is expected to push for a unilateral split from Spain. Puigdemont
We begin an extremely important process, unparalleled in our recent history, to create the Catalonia that we want, to collectively build a new country.
Bhandari is elected as Nepal’s first female prime minister, by a vote of 327-214 against Congress party leader Kul Bahadur Gurung. Bhandari says her goals are to draft a new constitution which will move Nepal away from a traditional-male dominated society to a more equally balanced one.
Nkurunziza wins a landslide victory, taking 69.41% of the vote, 50 percentage points ahead of his leading opponent. He will serve a third five-year term. The head of the national electoral commission (Ceni):
These presidential elections are a critical step for the population and the international community…I have always thought that the elections the Ceni is organising will not resemble those of Gabon, Mali, Nigeria, even less those of France, the US, Cameroon or Belgium. They are elections organised in Burundi for Burundians by Burundians, with challenges that remain our own.
Nkurunziza’ party – the CNDD FDD — wins 77 out of 100 seats in parliament, in an election that is boycotted by most opposition parties. The turnout for the parliamentary poll is low in the districts of Bujumbura where there are protests, but in some provinces outside the capital it is as high as 98%. The presidential election is scheduled for 15 July.
Black is elected in the Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency, beating Douglas Alexander by more than 5500 votes (23,548 votes to 17,864), a 27% swing. Alexander held a majority of more than 16,000 before the election. She becomes the youngest MP since the 17th Century.
The people of Scotland are speaking and it’s time for their voice to be heard at Westminster. I make this promise…that is exactly what I plan to do…I think it’s truly because people have awakened to the fact this Westminster establishment has not been serving them and the Labour party in Scotland has not been serving them, and they must’ve felt that Douglas Alexander wasn’t serving them. What people are looking for is that change, an end to austerity and the SNP were the only ones offering that.
On a second referendum:
This election, we have continually said is not about independence, it’s about making sure the Westminster establishment works to the best it possibly can for Scotland.
Gen Buhari beats incumbent Jonathan by more than 2.5 million votes, to become the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria.
Paul wins the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll for potential GOP presidential candidates, with 26% of votes.
Our party is filled with constitutional conservatives who have chosen to stand with me for a third consecutive straw poll victory.
Graham defeats Hutto to be elected to United States Senate from South Carolina for third time. He receives 54.3% of the votes.
I think the verdict is in. South Carolina voters think solving problems and working across party lines was not mutually exclusive to being conservative…Every election is a rebirth of democracy. I dedicate this night to all those who stand in harm’s way, making it possible for this nation to choose our leaders.
Election results guarantee a second five-year term for Zuma, with the ANC gaining a 62.2% share of the vote according to the national election commission. Leading opposition, Democratic Alliance, has 22.2% of the vote, it’s best result ever; the party said it gained 1.1 million new voters, including 700,000 votes from black South Africans.
Cruz wins the Texas senate seat by defeating Democratic challenger Paul Sadler. Cruz receives 58.25% of the vote to become the first Latino senator from Texas.
Representing Texas in the Senate will constitute a remarkable triumph not just for me, but for my family.
Walker wins the recall election against Tom Barrett by about 7%.
Tonight we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders that stand up and make the tough decisions.
Paul defeats Conway to be elected as United State senator from Kentucky. He received 55.7 % of the total votes polled.
I have a message from the people of Kentucky, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We’ve come to take our government back.
Walker becomes Wisconsin’s 45th governor on promises to bring jobs to the state, cut spending, lower taxes, and stop a federally funded passenger train from Madison to Milwaukee. With Republicans taking over both houses of the State legislature, it should be easy for him to pass his agenda.
You have given us a mandate for true reform, and I appreciate that. I will not let you down.
In the first elections — for president, parliament and other local positions — in 24 years, Bashir wins with 68.24 percent of the vote, just under seven million votes. The voting is scrutinized by about 750 international and 18,000 domestic observers.
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress wins the country’s election. The ANC receives 65.9% of the vote, the Democratic Alliance 16.66% and the Congress of the People (COPE) – formed by ANC dissidents – 7.42%. The turnout is 77.30%. but the result falls just short of the two-thirds majority needed to make unchallenged changes to the constitution. Zuma claims victory and the outcome is welcomed by ministers in neighboring Zimbabwe as intensifying pressure on President Robert Mugabe.
Zuma is elected president of the African National Congress at the party’s conference in Polokwane. Mbeki receives 1,505 votes to Zuma’s 2,329. As the announcement of each position is announced, thousands of delegates blow whistles, dance on tables and chairs, and sing and cheer—despite being asked to wait until after the announcement before applauding. Later the celebrations continue with fireworks.
Assad overwhelmingly wins another seven-year term of office, in a ballot in which he is the only candidate. Political opposition groups are banned unless they are attached the Baath Party. The interior ministry says he wins the backing of more than 97% of Syria’s 12 million voters. The ministry says the turnout is enormous, but gives no figures. Minister:
This great consensus shows the political maturity of Syria and the brilliance of our democracy.
Bush wins second term as Florida governor by defeating McBride in 2002 Florida gubernatorial election. Bush receives 2,783,346 votes, or 56 percent, while McBride has 2,132,185 votes, or 43 percent.
I am so grateful for your support and I thank you from the bottom of my heart…I will not let you down. I will work as hard as I can.
Walker wins the election for Milwaukee County Executive. He pledges not to increase taxes even though the county is running a $3.5 million deficit. He is going to lobby against cuts in state-shared revenue to localities and for greater state funding for the county-run court system. He wants to cut the size of the 25-member county board and turn it into a policy-making body of part-time supervisors.
I believe the campaign starts tomorrow. It is the campaign to get things done.
Walker wins in the primary election for Milwaukee County Executive receiving 37% of the votes against five other challengers. He says that he is serious about reform, promising to cut the executive salary from $128,820 to $60,000 and holding a referendum on whether the job should remain.
I am not afraid to act immediately to take on those who would defend the abuse and the waste in county government.
The Zimbabwe registrar-general declares that Mugabe wins a fifth term in office after the results from all 120 constituencies are returned. Mugabe wins 1,685,212 votes against 1,258,401 for challenger Tsvangirai. Mugabe makes a net gain of votes compared with the 2000 parliamentary election in every province in the country. While there is evidence of vote tampering in some areas, most of the ballots dropped into the box with a cross by Mugabe’s name are not fraudulent. There is no criticism of the count, and election observers from South Africa, Nigeria and Namibia effectively endorsed the election. Namibian observer:
It is our considered view that the election was free and fair and reflects the wishes of the people of Zimbabwe. [The poll] was watertight, without room for rigging”.
Justice Minister Chinamasa:
This is a runaway victory. It was won on the issue of the land.
We foresaw electoral fraud but not daylight robbery. We find ourselves unable to endorse the purported election of President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s president in this election. It’s the biggest election fraud I’ve witnessed in my life.
Pataki is sworn in for a second term as the Governor of New York.
We believe in people, not bureaucracy. We believe in raising hopes, not raising taxes, the power of the individual and unbridled hope for the future. New York stands at the dawn of its greatest day.
Elections are held for a president and a new National Assembly from March 2-28, the first since the coup. 125 members of the 400-seat National Assembly are nominated before the election, leaving 275 seats to be elected (of which 51 were ultimately uncontested). There are no political parties — all candidates ran as independents. Leaders of the Sudan’s main opposition parties, disbanded when Bashir took power, boycott elections. Ousted Prime Minister Mahdi, calls the elections a cheap attempt by the Government to buy legitimacy.
Bashir is elected president with 75.7% of votes. He will serve a five-year term, after which he will be allowed to run once more. He tells the crowd:
We have fully returned power in full to the people.
The New York Times reports the power behind Bashir’s government is widely believed to be the militant Muslim cleric Turabi, who is elected to a seat in Parliament in Khartoum.
Pataki is sworn in as Governor of New York:
The change of administrations that we have just witnessed marks not just a transfer of political authority but a renewal of the democratic sanction under which it occurs, a reaffirmation of our common belief in a system of government that is ultimately answerable solely to the people. We, the people, know that we must launch a new era of individual liberty, responsibility and opportunity by removing obstacles government has placed in the path of an energetic and creative people. And to launch that new era is why the people have placed us here today. Let us begin.
Zuma is elected National Chairperson of the ANC and Chairperson of the ANC in Natal. An exception is made in the ANC constitution to allow him to hold both positions. A move that is called The Zuma Clause.
Walker wins a special election over Christopher Ament for the 14th District Assembly seat in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He campaigns against crime and abortion, reducing taxes, and reforming welfare. He calls for a cap on State spending tied to the rate of inflation and an increase in prison beds. He attributes his win to:
hard work more than anything, more than any specific issue. I wore out two pairs of shoes hitting just under 10,000 homes in 2-1/2 months.
Walker wins the Republican primary in a five-way race for the 14th District Assembly seat in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Mary Jo Paque, who comes in fourth, credits his endorsement by the Wisconsin Right To Life to his victory:
I still think the majority of people in Wauwatosa are pro-choice, but the machine behind pro-life, they got their people to the polls. It’s not the Right-To-Life issue — it’s the Right-To-Life machine getting people to the polls.
Zimbabwe elects Mugabe as the first black prime minister in a landslide victory. Mugabe:
If yesterday I fought you as an enemy, today you have become a friend and ally with the same national interest, loyalty, rights and duties as myself. If yesterday you hated me, today you cannot avoid the love that binds you to me and me to you…Is it not folly, therefore, that in these circumstances anybody should seek to revive the wounds and grievances of the past? The wrongs of the past must now stand forgiven and forgotten. If ever we look to the past, let us do so for the lesson the past has taught us, namely that oppression and racism are inequities that must never again find scope in our political and social system. It could never be a correct justification that, because whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, the blacks must oppress them today because they have power.
Georgia voters elect Bond to the Georgia Senate for six terms.
Georgia voters elect Bond to the Georgia House of Representatives.