Among Democrats, Sanders savored victories in Kansas and Nebraska, pushing his total to seven victories in 18 contests.
Clinton has a lead of about 200 pledged delegates over Sanders, while Trump leads Cruz by around 100 delegates and is about 200 delegates ahead of the third place candidate Rubio.
The anti-Trump forces have a short window to stop the caustic businessman, who has accumulated 319 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination at July’s Republican national convention, outpacing Cruz, who has 226 delegates.
Trump was also on Barrie Boutall’s mind when she voted Saturday – that’s why she cast her ballot for Cruz.
If one of the Republican candidates wins more than 50 percent of the vote, he will take all of Missouri’s 52 delegates.
Yesterday’s races are wedged between far more consequential contests: the dozen states that voted on “Super Tuesday” March 1 and the big battles on March 15, when many Republican races, including in Rubio’s Florida and Kasich’s OH, become winner-take-all affairs.
Check back with Patch when polls close for live Maine Democratic caucus results. The centrist candidate Romney won ME caucuses twice, in 2012 and 2008.
Voters in Kansas, Maine and Louisiana were casting their lot for the respective Republican and Democratic nominations in what was being referred to as “super Saturday“.
At a rally in Idaho, Cruz declared, “God bless Kansas”.
But rival Cruz said at an event in Idaho, which votes on Tuesday, that “the scream you hear-the howl you hear from Washington, DC – is utter terror for what we the people are doing together”.
With his 50.7%-24.4% victory over Trump in Kansas, Cruz became the first Republican candidate to win 50% of the vote in any state.
Clinton and Sanders have slammed the tenor of the Republican race, in what is evolving into a civil war over the party’s future. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination. Sanders prevailed in Kansas and Nebraska – and Clinton answered with a Louisiana win that left her no worse off in her significant delegate lead over her challenger.
Clinton is ahead of Sanders among African Americans (76 percent to 21 percent), those ages 45 and older (68 percent to 27 percent), Democrats (63 percent to 33 percent), women (61 percent to 36 percent), men (51 percent to 47 percent) and whites (49 percent to 48 percent).
But Sanders did well in the other two states in large part due to their substantial white populations, a demographic with which Sanders has done well.
Cruz, a tea party favorite, said the results should send a loud message that the GOP contest for the nomination is far from over, and that the status quo is in trouble.
Trump staged a late rally in New Orleans followed Saturday morning by one set for Wichita, Kansas. “This is the American Conservative Union, and so it’s usually reserved for conservatives”, Rubio said to loud cheers. “Has to”, Trump said at a news conference at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida, where dozens of friends and club members mixed in with reporters covering his campaign.
He delivered his speech the same day early voting began statewide in Florida.
Roughly 15 minutes after polls closed across the state, CNN called the primary race here for Clinton, and on the Republican side, Trump was called 10 minutes after.
Earlier, he’d warned in Wichita: “The Republicans are eating their own”.
But the first-term senator from Florida was having a rough Saturday night.
That would mean a contested or “brokered” convention, a scenario that could turn chaotic, especially if establishment figures seek to actively prevent delegates from coalescing around Trump. In all, 155 GOP delegates were at stake in Saturday’s races.
Cruz had already shown his popularity among Christian evangelicals and the Tea Party with wins in Iowa and Texas, but his strong performance in states like ME may suggest that a wider group of Republican voters is beginning to tire of Trump’s controversial theatrics. John Kasich trailed the field, and neurosurgeon Ben Carson dropped out of the race Friday. But if no one cracks that threshold, the GOP delegates will be divvied up based on how candidates perform in each of the state’s eight congressional districts.