Let’s look at Hillary Clinton as she gets ready for a big night on Super Tuesday 3. Let’s say that Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are in a virtual tie in Ohio, Missouri and Illinois and she wins by a 20 points in Florida and North Carolina.
This all about the math and while Sanders could and likely will keep this battle going for a long time his chances of beating Clinton for the Democratic nomination remains remote.
Clinton would get about 380 delegates to Sanders’s 315 increasing her lead by about 60 delegates. Even if Sanders wins Illinois, Missouri and Ohio, Clinton will still net more delegates if she wins Florida and North Carolina big.
For Clinton a good night begins in the Sunshine State where she will get a big win that will likely be called early in the evening. Unlike the GOP race the Democrats have no winner take all states but Clinton will score many of the 214 delegates (140 district, 74 statewide) up for grabs.
Clinton is also expected to win four of five states, according to the PredictWise model. She has a greater than 85-percent chance of winning delegate-rich Florida and North Carolina, plus a 65-percent chance of winning Ohio. Clinton is also narrowly favored (53 percent) in Illinois, where she grew up, while Sanders has a 56-percent probability of victory in Missouri.
Sanders hopes to repeat the Michigan Miracle by upsetting Clinton in Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri. However, Clinton is not giving up on winning in the Midwest while she will do well in North Carolina with another likely big delegate haul of 121 available.
Clinton hopes to win in both Ohio and Illinois where she holds leads slight leads in all of the most recent polls. Ohio has 143 delegates while Clinton’s home state of Illinois offers up a hefty 156 delegates and even if she loses she will still pick up a large number of delegates.
71 delegates in the state of Missouri are again in what looks like a tossup heading into tonight’s big Super Tuesday 3. Clinton remains ahead in the polls in the Show Me State and again she will log a good number of delegates.
So no matter how well Sanders does tonight, Clinton remains the big leader in delegates.