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Nate Jackson / March 1, 2016

Time for Us to Vote

Our native Tennessee and Georgia weigh in.

It’s Super Tuesday, and that means those of us here in our humble shop will be voting in either the Tennessee or Georgia primaries. And just in case it hasn’t been clear, we will not be voting for Donald Trump. Not that we don’t expect him to win “yuge” today, maybe even sweeping all 11 states — in addition to ours, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will vote. But America’s First Principles aren’t always guided by a majority, or even a dominant plurality. It wasn’t a majority that fought for American independence, but Patriots who understood that an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men, will prevail. All we can do is our best to light those brushfires, and to defend Liberty at every turn.

None of the states today are winner-take-all, which means strong second- or third-place finishes for Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio will still net them some of the 595 delegates up for grabs. (Trump currently leads 82, 17, 16, respectively, needing 1,237 to win.) Regardless, Cruz and Rubio face incredibly long odds as things stand. John Kasich and Ben Carson will also be on the ballot.

“We’re getting people into the party that they’ve never had before,” Trump boasted Tuesday. “I can tell you the one person Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to run against is me.” The first claim is probably true; the second … perhaps, perhaps not. Mark Alexander speculated yesterday that “it’s likely that some of Trump’s primary voter support is coming not from Republicans but from Clinton crossovers, who want to ensure Trump is her opponent.” There’s evidence of the switch, if not the motive, at least in Massachusetts, where 20,000 Democrats quit the party to vote GOP — and let’s face it, probably for Trump.

On the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton is likely to win big almost everywhere, but that may not mean Bernie Sanders packs up and goes home. He’s what National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru calls “a cause candidate” whose motivation isn’t winning but sending a message. It’s likely the only thing standing in Clinton’s way now is an indictment over her email.

(Updated.)

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