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In local races, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, State Rep. Ken Dunkin lost their bids for re-election; Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, dropped by Democratic Party leaders, overwhelmingly won over Democrat-picked candidate Michelle Harris.

 

By Juanita Bratcher

Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

 

Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were big winners in Super Tuesday elections. Clinton won in all five states – Illinois, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Missouri. Trump won in four states, Governor John Kasich took Ohio. It was Kasich’s first win in the 2015 primary elections.

After a poor showing in several elections, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio dropped out of the race after being defeated by Trump in his home state of Florida.

After failing miserably and not having gained that much in the way of delegates, Rubio told supporters that “It is clear that while we are on the right side this year, we will not be on the winning side.”

Rubio talked about the “politics of resentment”, noting that it would not just leave a “fractured” Republican Party, but will also leave a fractured nation. “They are going to leave us as a nation where people literally hate each other because they have different political opinions.”

When Trump addressed supporters, he talked about bringing the Republican Party together.

“We have to bring our party together,” Trump said. “We have to bring it together.”

Although Trump is the Republican front-runner for president, there are those in his party that are scheming to stop him in his tracks and have put up big money to do so. But Trump has steadfastly survived and is way ahead in delegates.

Frankly, Trump has a rough row to hoe when it comes to the general election, and that’s a concern for many of his Republican colleagues. some even have hopes for a contested convention.

In some articles I wrote sometime ago, “A Donald Trump Presidency? It’s a Moot Issue and Will Never Happen in 2016!” and “Donald Trump’s Front-Runner Status Will Not Secure Him the White House in 2016” , I talked about stumbling blocks that would halt a Trump presidency:

“Trump will not make it to the White House – not as president, maybe as a visitor – because he has insulted large voter blocs and made derogatory comments about several segments of American society, including Hispanics, Blacks, Women, Muslims and Gays; and about some elected officials and media personalities. It would be an uphill struggle for Trump to gain their support, confidence and votes, inasmuch as he has publicly scorned or attacked these groups, creating a storm of negative backlash. Both Trump and his supporters are going to be in for a big surprise.”

Trump’s divisive campaign tone is not good for the country and it will certainly not “Make America Great Again.”

The morning after the March 15, 2016 Super Tuesday election, Trump went on CNN and warned of riots if he was denied the Republican presidential nomination, noting that he represented millions of people (supporters who voted for him). At some of his rallies prior to the election, violence broke out through their tone of hateful rhetoric.

At that time, Democrat Hillary Clinton said Trump is “inciting mob violence” at his rallies, yet, Sarah Palin, one of his staunch supporters who endorsed him for president, told an audience at one of Trump’s rallies that “What we don’t have time for is all that petty, punk-a** little thuggery (such inappropriate language) stuff that’s been going on with these “protesters” who are doing nothing but wasting your time and trying to take away your First Amendment rights, your rights to assemble peacefully,” and accused the media of “being on the thugs’ side.”

As for Clinton, she told supporters that the next president has to be ready to face three big tasks: “First, can you make positive differences in people’s lives? Second, can you keep us safe? Third, can you bring our country together again?’

Clinton added, “When we hear a candidate for president call for the rounding up of 12 million immigrants, banning all Muslims from entering the United States, when he embraces torture, that doesn’t make him strong, it makes him wrong.”

In local politics, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who came under heavy criticism for her botched investigation of the LaQuan McDonald shooting, lost her bid for re-election to former prosecutor Kim Foxx, who served as Chief of Staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle prior to entering the race. She will face Republican Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche, a federal prosecutor for 31 years, in the November General Election.

  • Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown won easily over opponent Michelle Harris, hand-picked by Democratic officials. Party leaders had dropped Brown after first endorsing her.

 

  • Incumbent State Representative Kenneth “Ken” Dunkin (5th District) lost his bid for re-election to Juliana Stratton. Stratton was backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and labor groups, and President Barack Obama cut a commercial endorsing her.

 

  • House Speaker Michael Madigan was victorious against challenger Jason Gongales who reportedly was funded by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s donors.

Other winners were Patricia Van Pelt (challenger Bob Fioretti); State Rep. Christian Mitchell (challenger Jay Travis, supported by the Chicago Teachers Union); U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth who will face Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk in the General Election; Rep. Brad Schneider won in his 10th Congressional race; and U.S. Representatives Danny Davis, Bobby L. Rush and Robin Kelly were winners.

Dr. Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for 40 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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