Cruz off to strong start in weekend races

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Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzTed CruzCruz on Trump’s heels after victories on Super Saturday Trump calls on Rubio to drop out of the race Trump victorious in Kentucky caucuses MORE has won Maine’s GOP caucuses, according to the state party.
Republicans also are casting ballots Saturday in primaries or caucuses in Louisiana, Kentucky, and ME, while the Democrats are voting in Kansas, Louisiana and Nebraska.
Cruz reacted to his Kansas victory during a rally in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also was visiting, and Florida Sen.

A poll of Kansas Republicans released a week ago by Fort Hays State University had shown Trump in the lead with 26%, followed by Cruz with 14%.
“I would love to take Ted on one-on-one”.
Speaking after his wins, Trump said: “I will be the most Presidential candidate in history other than honest Abe Lincoln”. “Trump knows that Marco has the momentum in Florida and is afraid because he knows losing those 99 delegates to Marco will be a turning point in this race”.
With early voting already under way in the state, Trump told them: “Do it now”.
Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett said at a press conference that Cruz will take 12 of the states delegates; Trump wins nine and Kasich wins two. It was Cruz’ fifth win of the nominating race.
Trump and Cruz were drawn to Wichita because it was one of the biggest single caucus sites in Kansas.
“I believe that he is a true fighter for conservatives”, said Berry, a 67-year-old retired AT&T manager. “He has to”, Trump said. Turnout in Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas exceeded the party’s most optimistic predictions.
Going into Saturday’s voting, Trump led with 329 delegates. Rubio has won one.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, also still in the mix but far behind, was holding out hope for a better showing next week in MI and in his home state of Ohio on March 15.
On Democrats side, Bernie Sanders looks strong but the majority of Super Delegates have already extended their support towards Hillary Clinton which makes her a strong contestant.
Heading into Saturday’s contests – in Kansas, Louisiana, and Nebraska – Sanders faced delegate math that experts say will be hard to overcome.
Clinton had at least 1 117 delegates to Sanders’ 477, including superdelegates – members of Congress, governors and party officials who can support the candidate of their choice.
“No matter who wins this Democratic nomination, I have not the slightest doubt that on our worst day we will be infinitely better than the Republicans on their best day”, Clinton said.
Trump campaigned in Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday morning, and a relatively recent poll of the state found that Trump had a small lead over Cruz.
Both Sanders and Clinton sent organizers to Nebraska and campaigned in the state, where Democrats often get little attention given the Republican Party’s dominance.
Sanders, at a rally in suburban Warren, stressed his opposition to “disastrous” trade agreements that he said cost U.S.jobs. A favourite of evangelicals, he has called for the United States to “carpet bomb” the Daesh militant group and has pledged to eliminate the tax-collecting Internal Revenue Service and four cabinet agencies and to enact a balanced budget amendment.
In the overall race for Republican delegates, Mr Trump led with at least 375 and Mr Cruz had at least 291. Rubio had 116 delegates and Kasich had 28. So far, the former secretary of state has won 1,104 delegates, while Sanders has 446.
Benac reported from Washington.