Campaign trail updates: 5 things healthcare leaders should know

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Here are five brief updates on what's happening in the Republican and Democratic races since last weekend, as well as what to expect this week.

1. Republicans are casting their votes in the Nevada Caucus Tuesday evening. The five remaining candidates include businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, MD, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Many expect Mr. Trump to take the lead again in Nevada, considering he owns a large hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Sens. Rubio and Cruz continue to duke it out, though Sen. Rubio's campaign still sees Gov. Kasich as an obstacle, based on its open push to get Gov. Kasich to leave the race, according to The New York Times.

2. Last Saturday's Republican primary in South Carolina ended a few campaigns, and fired up a few others. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush dropped out of the running, and Dr. Carson is likely to drop out soon based on his performance so far. The primary fired up the competition between Sen. Rubio, who came in second place, and Sen. Cruz, who came in a close third place. Mr. Trump led the way with a healthy win in South Carolina.

3. On the Democratic side, the race is also heating up. According to coverage of the campaigns in Reuters, what was once a fairly amicable rivalry between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is ramping up. Previously, the candidates have sparred over their healthcare plans and ties to Wall Street, but have otherwise agreed on many other issues. However, tensions have erupted this week, over the Latino vote in Nevada and casino owners allegedly pushing the vote for Ms. Clinton, according to Reuters.

4. Ms. Clinton currently leads Sen. Sanders with delegates. Ms. Clinton won the Nevada caucus, and currently has 502 delegates compared to Sen. Sander's 70, according to The New York Times. This count includes both delegates won in state primaries as well as superdelegates, who are able to choose any candidate. It is expected Ms. Clinton will dominate the black and Hispanic vote in the South, but as this election has proven anything but traditional, the tides could still turn. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination, so both candidates have a long way to go.

5. Coming up this weekend is one more Democratic primary in South Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 27. Super Tuesday is up next March 1. Votes will take place on Super Tuesday in Alabama, Alaska (Republicans only), American Samoa (Democrats only), Arkansas, Colorado (Democrats only), Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Democrats abroad can also begin placing their votes March 1.

 

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