Grim Day for Rubio as Trump and Clinton Win Big

Marco Rubio has suspended his presidential campaign after he lost big time to Donald Trump in his home state Florida. The charismatic senator was seen by many as the last chance to build an establishment coalition against Trump.

Ohio governor John Kasich managed to win his home state tonight, which might slow down Trump, because it’s a winner-takes-all-state, but doesn’t do Kasich himself much good (he has even less delegates than Rubio).

So once again, Donald Trump was the big winner of the night: He won Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri (each with 40+ %).

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton managed to cement her lead over Bernie Sanders. Clinton won all five contest: Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois  and North Carolina. Afterwards, she shifted her focus to the general election  by attacking Trump in her victory speech.

[New York Times]

And Yet Another Super Tuesday

It’s match day in primary politics tomorrow, with yet another Tuesday full of voting. And while this isn’t officially Super Tuesday, it sure feels like it – especially for Republicans.

Five states are voting tomorrow, and two of them – Ohio and Florida – are GOP winner-take-all states.  Together they are worth 165 delegates and are seen by many as one of the last resorts to stop Donald Trump. Both Marco Rubio and John Kasich are playing their homeboy-cards, but polls are predicting an uphill battle.

Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and the North Marina Islands (only GOP) are also voting tomorrow. Let’s see what the day brings.

Second Win For Rubio, Sanders Scores

Marco Rubio scored his second win tonight: Puerto Rico. And he won big, receiving 71% of the vote and all of the 23 delegates.

It was a much needed win for Rubio, and one that is likely to send a positive sign to his home state Florida. More than one million Puerto Ricans live in Florida, a winner-takes-all state, that votes on March 15.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders won the Maine caucus, receiving 15 delegates.

[New York Times]

Final Tally: Trump and Clinton Each Win 7 States, Sanders 4, Cruz 3, Rubio 1

It’s Wednesday morning, so it’s time to look at those final Super Tuesday results.

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton cemented their role as their party’s front-runner with seven wins each. Percentage wise Clinton was much stronger than Trump – she scored in the 60ies and high 70ies, while Trump’s highest win was 49%.

Bernie Sanders won his home state Vermont as well as three other states. On the far more crowded Republican site, Ted Cruz won the delegate-rich Texas as well as two other states. And Marco Rubio scored his first win in this primary season by taking Minnesota.

[New York Times]

Sen. Graham: “My Party Has Gone Bats**t Crazy”

South Carolina Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham called the GOP “batshit crazy” during the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner on Thursday night.

The annual dinner is meant as a lighthearted affair, where politicians and media personalities show their comedic talent. And none did it better this year than Graham.

On Ted Cruz

“If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you.”

“I know exactly when Ted is going to drop out of the race: March 12. That’s Canadian week at Myrtle Beach.”

On Ben Carson

“The nice guy is Ben Carson. He tried to kill his cousin, hit his mother in the head with a hammer. He’s the one we all like. How did I lose to these guys?”

On Marco Rubio

“The Secret Service’s main job if he’s president is to keep him hydrated.”

[NBC]

Trump Wins Third Time

Donald Trump won the Nevada Caucus, it’s his third consecutive win in a row. Marco Rubio beat Ted Cruz, who only came in third place.

[USA Today]

Clinton and Trump Win, Bush Suspends

An exiting day in both presidential primary-races ended with Jeb Bush suspending his campaign, after he only scored a single-digit result in the South Carolina Republican primary.

Donald Trump won South Carolina with 30+ points, while Marco Rubio regained his momentum by narrowly beating Ted Cruz for second place.

In Nevada, Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders, which brings her back to track as the Democratic front-runner. Sanders managed to attract Latino voters, but the African-American vote went decisively to Clinton.

[New York Times]

The parties are switching states next week, with the Nevada Republican Caucus on February 23 and the South Carolina Democratic Primary on February 27, before the Super Tuesday showdown on March 1.

Clinton and Sanders in Virtual Tie, Trump Only Second Place

It took until this morning, but now the first results of this presidential election cycle are finally in. Hillary Clinton won a slight victory over Bernie Sanders, but both got the same number of delegates in Iowa. Martin O’Maley suspended his campaign.

The other New York candidate – Donald Trump – did not fulfill his promise of “always winning” and lost to Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio came into a strong third place in the Republican caucuses.

[New York Times]