“If the big, fat GOP don’t like him, they don’t like me”, she said, adding that if the party kicks him out at the last minute she is going to write his name in on the ballot.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday called on rival Marco Rubio to drop out of the White House race after the billionaire businessman won in Louisiana and Kentucky Â— and the Florida senator ended yet another election night with no wins.
Bernie Sanders notched wins in Nebraska and Kansas, while Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton snagged Louisiana.
Cruz exulted in his victories during a campaign rally in Idaho.
Stressing the important of voter turnout, he said, “when large numbers of people come – working people, young people who have not been involved in the political process – we will do well and I think that is bearing out tonight”.
Cruz was collecting at least 17 delegates for winning Kansas, with Trump taking at least six. The two men were in a tight battle for bragging rights in Kentucky.
Cruz, a tea party favorite, attributed his strong showing to conservatives coalescing behind his candidacy, calling it a “manifestation of a real shift in momentum”.
Though Clinton is the choice of former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and other state party establishment figures, Clinton faced a surge of new voters and energized progressives supporting Sanders. Party leaders – including 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and 2008 nominee Sen.
Many in the GOP worry that a Trump victory would lead to a disastrous November election and have been looking for a way to derail him.
“Everyone’s trying to figure out how to stop Trump”, the billionaire marveled at an afternoon rally in Orlando, where he had supporters raise their hands and swear to vote for him. He said candidate Clinton’s plan to build on the Obama administration’s landmark Affordable Care Act made more sense than Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” plan. Marco Rubio had another disappointing night, raising serious questions about his viability in the race. Cruz suggested it was time for some Republican candidates to quit the race.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the 43rd Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, March 4, 2016.
Jay Edwards, 78, in Baton Rouge voted for Clinton in the Democratic primary.
Nebraska is the only state that has yet to project a victor from Saturday’s primaries. Trump 2,725 votes (47 percent), Cruz 1,871 (32 percent), Rubio 753 (13 percent), Kasich 299 (5 percent). “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. Yoder visited the GOP caucus site at Olathe South High School, where several hundred participants had gathered. Rubio has won one.
Like Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has pinned his hopes on the winner-take-all contest March 15 in his home state.
Clinton won Louisiana by 48 points, where the Democratic electorate was expected to be majority African-American, continuing her sweep of Southern states she began on Super Tuesday.
“She’s the best change maker I’ve ever seen”, Bill Clinton said. The Democratic caucuses will proportionally allocate the other 33 delegates. The three states have a total of 109 delegates at stake.
Clinton and Sanders will face off in a debate Sunday, their seventh, in Flint, Michigan.
“We’ve got the momentum, the energy and the excitement that will take us all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia”, the Vermont senator said.
Sanders, at a rally in suburban Warren, stressed his opposition to “disastrous” trade agreements that he said cost U.S.jobs.
After Kansas, Trump led the overall race with at least 335 delegates and Cruz had at least 248.
Benac reported from Washington.