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.
Kathy Smith of Mount Vernon, who voted for Cruz, described the Texas senator as a “true conservative” who’s consistently upheld the Constitution and the wishes of his constituents. ME also drew considerable attention, with visits in recent days from Democrat Bernie Sanders, Trump and his GOP rival Ted Cruz.
“I would like to take on Ted one-on-one”, he said, ticking off a list of big states where he said Cruz had no chance.
“It looks like it will be the angry Trump voters against the purist conservative Cruz voters”, said Washington-based Republican strategist Ron Bonjean.
With an eye on the November presidential polls, Clinton attacked Trump at an election rally.
And in coming Republican contests, like Florida and OH, all delegates in a state will go to the victor, for the first time in the campaign.
On Saturday, both parties have contests in Kansas and Louisiana.
Establishment favourite Rubio, who has won only one state so far, put on a courageous face, saying that the states being contested on Super Saturday favoured other candidates, but predicted that his fortunes would soon change. “I have experience at beating people who portray themselves to be one thing but are actually something else, and you’re going to find that out”.
Trump prevailed in the home state of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been critical of the front-runner for incendiary comments on Muslims and a slow disavowal of white supremacist groups.
In Kentucky, meanwhile, turnout was expected to be low as the state traditionally has not voted this early and Saturday marked the first time a presidential nominee was selected by caucus since 1984.
Kasich acknowledged that a sure way to grab the spotlight for his campaign would be to hurl insults at Trump. It’s possible. We would note that Louisiana is probably a state Cruz should compete with Trump in and maybe win.
The Bayou battle pits Trump’s strength among Southern Evangelicals against Cruz’s ability to win with rock-ribbed conservatives in a state that neighbors Texas – just like he did in Oklahoma on Super Tuesday.
Mainstream Republicans have blanched at Trump’s calls to build a wall on the border with Mexico, round up and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the US.
At stake are 33 of the state’s 37 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, also awarded proportionally.
On why he supports Bernie Sanders, and has for the past thirty years, Jerry Greenfield said, “He’s the only one willing to take on this corrupt – economically – political system…He has been consistent since the day he entered politics and he’s working for everyday Americans”.
Numbers trickling out from other locations have Cruz or Trump winning.
With crucial wins today, Cruz and Sanders have got momentum as they head toward the key races in MI on Tuesday and then winner-take-all races in the large states of Florida and OH on March 15.
But with front-runner Trump yet to win states by the margins he’ll need in order to secure the nomination before the GOP convention, every one of the 155 GOP delegates at stake on Saturday was worth fighting for.
The Ohio governor says voters care about substance and experience and he insists that his prospects are improving as the campaign moves into his home turf.
“I think it’s time that he dropped out of the race”, Trump said of Rubio afterward.
The former secretary of state dominated in Louisiana, with its substantial African-American vote. Marco Rubio had another disappointing night, raising serious questions about his viability in the race.
The wins for Trump and Cruz on Saturday were a setback for a Republican establishment that has largely lined up behind Marco Rubio, a US senator who was shut out in the four contests.
But Cruz’s wins are a reminder that while Trump still appears to be the likely nominee, it is by no means inevitable.
The Latest on the 2016 presidential caucuses in Kansas.
Charles Ebright, 48, a teacher and a baseball coach at a Roman Catholic high school in Wichita, was among the many caucusgoers who backed Cruz, who had also addressed the gathering before voting began.
Saturday’s results might not shake up the delegate count in the Democratic race.