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Live Updates: Clinton, Trump Prevail In Big Super Tuesday Contests

BuzzFeed News reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro is with Bernie Sanders in Vermont; Rosie Gray is with Ted Cruz in Texas; McKay Coppins is with Rubio in Florida; and Ruby Cramer is with Hillary Clinton.

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Here’s the latest:

  • In the Democratic contest, Hillary Clinton has won in Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, American Samoa, and Massachusetts.
  • Bernie Sanders won in Vermont, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Colorado.
  • Sanders made his speech early after winning his home state of Vermont and reminded supporters that he could still pull in a huge amount of delegates and remain competitive.
  • On the GOP side, Donald Trump has won Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Arkansas, Vermont, and Virginia.
  • Ted Cruz has won Oklahoma, Texas, and Alaska.
  • Marco Rubio won in the Minnesota Republican caucuses, his first victory so far in the nominating contests.

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Trump Bests Kasich In Vermont, His Seventh Victory On Super Tuesday

Bernie Sanders Wins The Minnesota Caucus

The Sanders campaign had eyed Minnesota as a state favorable to their message. The state is very blue and home to Minneapolis-area Rep. Keith Ellison, one of Sanders’ most prominent endorsers.

Rubio Wins His First Primary Race In Minnesota

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Marco Rubio won a decisive victory in the Minnesota caucuses Tuesday night, his first victory in the Republican presidential primary.

Rubio’s campaign has been plagued with questions from detractors and political observers over whether the Florida senator could actually win a state. His victory in Minnesota will put those questions to rest for now, but his path to the nomination remains uncertain.

Clinton Wins Massachusetts, While Bernie Is Projected To Take Colorado

Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders in his own backyard on Tuesday night with a win in the Massachusetts primary, bringing her victory count to seven states.

Sanders, meanwhile, is projected to win the Colorado caucus, a state where his campaign expected him to do well. A victory in Colorado brings his state win count to three.

In Victory Speech, Cruz Says Trump Nomination Would Be “A Disaster For Republicans”

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz attacked Donald Trump and called for the Republican party to “come together” against the real estate mogul in his Super Tuesday victory speech.

“So long as the field remains divided, Donald Trump’s path to the nomination remains more likely,” Cruz said from the stage in Stafford, Texas after winning that state and Oklahoma. “For those who have supported other candidates, we welcome you on our team, standing united as one. That is the only way to beat Donald Trump.”

Cruz called a Trump nomination “a disaster for Republicans,” before criticizing him on a number of issues, including Obamacare and the right to bear arms.

“America shouldn’t have a president whose words would make you embarrassed if your children repeated them,” he said.

Cruz also made the case that his campaign is the only one that “has beaten, can beat, and will beat Trump’s … Head to head, our campaign beats Donald Trump resoundingly.”

—Ellen Cushing

Christie Seemed Super Sad During Trump’s Victory Speech

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Last week, ex-presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surprised many when he chose to endorse Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. So on Super Tuesday, Christie introduced Trump in Florida after the real estate mogul won several states. The governor then stood behind Trump as he gave his victory speech. His gloomy demeanor during Trump’s talk prompted viewers to wonder: “Governor Christie, u ok?”

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—Stephanie McNeal

Donald Trump Wins Arkansas, His Sixth Super Tuesday Victory

BREAKING: Donald Trump wins Arkansas. @AP race call at 10:18 p.m. EST. #Election2016 #APracecall #SuperTuesday

— The Associated Press (@AP)

Trump In Victory Speech: “Our Party Is Expanding”

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After a cascade of victories in primaries across the country Tuesday, Donald Trump made a pitch for his ability to build and unite the Republican party.

“Were going to be a much finer party, a unified party, and a much bigger party,” Trump said in a long speech that rambled from international trade policy to the Common Core and women’s health. “You can see that happening now. Our party is expanding.”

Speaking in Florida, the home of Marco Rubio, Trump presented himself as an anti-establishment candidate, butting up against the “special interests and the lobbyists” who he said would push for a Rubio victory in Florida.

Introducing Trump, Chris Christie, who endorsed Trump last week, argued for the candidate’s ability to “bring together” both the Republican party and the American people. “This is not a campaign, it’s a movement,” Christie said. “America wants to come together.”

Trump said that he could bring together Americans that are typically outside of the Republican base in a “more diverse” Republican party — those, like women and minorities, who many have said he is in danger of alienating. “We’re going to do great with the African Americans,” he said. “We’re going to do great with the Hispanics and it’s because I’m going to create jobs.”

Trump also turned his political outsider rhetoric to Hillary Clinton, who he criticized for having been in the political world for decades. “She’s been there for a long period of time, why haven’t they done anything about it?”

But Trump said repeatedly that he didn’t believe Clinton would be allowed to run in the presidential race. “I believe what she did is a criminal act,” he said.

“I would like to see the Republican party get together and unify,” Trump said. “And when we do, there is nobody — nobody — that can stop us.”

Rubio: “The Presidency Of The United States Will Never Be Held By A Con Artist”

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Marco Rubio gave an impassioned speech to supporters in his home state of Florida on Super Tuesday, despite having not won a single state as of 9:30 PM ET.

Rubio spent some time praising his fellow Floridians, and said many in his audience understand the American dream because they were raised as first-generation citizens.

“Here in this community we have been raised by people from outside of Florida,” he said, later adding, “We know that the things that make America special are not an accident.”

He proclaimed that this dream was in “trouble,” and called on his supporters to stand up for him to keep the dream alive.

“We are going to send a message that the party of Lincoln and Reagan and the presidency of the United States will never be held by a con artist,” he said.

Sticking with the American dream theme, Rubio said that under his leadership, America would thrive and become better than before.

“We will expand it to reach more people than ever,” he said.

—Stephanie McNeal

NBC News Apparently Confused Maryland With Vermont On Super Tuesday

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Some eagle-eyed readers caught a hiccup in NBC News’ Super Tuesday coverage. Twitter users say that the network tweeted an image of Maryland when it meant to indicate Vermont, prompting some crab-by online comments.

Read more here.

—Stephanie McNeal

Bernie Sanders Gets His Second Victory Of The Night In Oklahoma

Bernie Sanders has won Oklahoma, in his second victory of the night.

The Sanders campaign had targeted Oklahoma as a state where they could make inroads with a working-class electorate that may often vote Republican in a general election.

Clinton Targets Trump In Super Tuesday Victory Speech

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Hillary Clinton used her victory speech after winning six states on Super Tuesday to attack Donald Trump, all but ignoring her rival for the Democratic nomination for president, Bernie Sanders.

“We know we’ve got work to do,” Clinton told a cheering crowd in Miami, Florida.”But that work is not making America great again. America never stopped being great.”

Clinton did mention her Democratic rival to congratulate him on his lone victory, but
the bulk of her speech was dedicated to creating alternative versions of some of Trump’s most recognizable slogans.

“Instead of building walls, we are going to take down barriers!” Clinton said.

Clinton closed her speech by repeating a line that she insists represents her core beliefs.

“I know it may be unusual for a presidential candidate to say this, but I’m going to keep saying it,” Clinton said. “I believe what we need in America today is more love and kindness.”

Clinton, Cruz Win In Texas

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Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz each claimed victory in Texas, the state with the most delegates at stake on Tuesday night.

Cruz, the senator from Texas, saw the Lone Star state as a must-win for his campaign. Donald Trump had suggested in recent days that he could win in state, handing Cruz a crushing defeat. Cruz also won Oklahoma, another state where Trump was thought to be competitive.

Clinton’s victory reinforces her dominance in the southern portion of the United States.

Trump Wins In Virginia, Defeating Marco Rubio

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Donald Trump has won the Republican primary in Virginia.

Virginia brings the businessman’s Tuesday win count to five states. His victory in Virginia is expected to be narrow, with Rubio in second place and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in a distant third.

Clinton Wins Arkansas

Clinton has won Arkansas, the state where she was first lady and where the Clinton’s have a long history.

Clinton, so far, has won five states and American Samoa on Super Tuesday.


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