Clinton had 71.3 percent of the Democratic vote, and Bernie Sanders finished with 28.2 percent.
Trump, speaking from Trump International in West Palm Beach, Florida, told reporters that he wants to take on Cruz one on one after Trump took the Louisiana primary and Kentucky caucuses Saturday night. Trump also won in Kentucky. Cruz, who enjoys support among evangelicals and the ultraconservative tea party movement, attributed his strong showing to conservatives coalescing behind his candidacy, calling it a “manifestation of a real shift in momentum“.
In this Republican-leaning state, Barack Obama beat Clinton by a 2-to-1 margin in the 2008 caucuses.
Cruz was also leading in Kansas.
“The scream you hear, the howl that comes from Washington D.C., is utter terror at what we the people are doing together”, he declared during a rally in Idaho, which votes in three days.
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.
Super Saturday voting is happening in the wake of former Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s assault on Trump, which ignited a civil war within the GOP between establishment figures and the billionaire’s army of angry “outsider” voters.
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.
Kaminski, the superdelegate, has thrown his support to Clinton, saying she’s done more to advance the party. It was Cruz’s fifth win of the nominating race.
Five more states were taking their turns Saturday in the 2016 presidential race with caucuses and primaries largely overshadowed by Super Tuesday and potentially make-or-break contests soon to come.
The front-runners for the nominations in the United States presidential race are aiming to extend their leads on Saturday.
Cruz was on better ground after wins in Oklahoma and his home state of Texas, where he asked Rubio – without naming him – and his supporters to unite behind Cruz as the campaign moves forward.
But Trump was having none of it, grabbing headlines by declaring it time for Rubio to drop out of the race and suggesting that the two states he had lost to Cruz didn’t matter. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was also winless Saturday.
Rubio, going all-out for victory in Florida on March 15, predicted he would take the state.
Cruz will collect at least 17 delegates for winning the Republican caucuses in Kansas, and Trump will win at least six. Rubio got at least 13 and Kasich won at least nine.
68-year-old Clinton, who seems set to be the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party, had a landslide win in Louisiana. Both Florida and OH use the winner-take-all method to allocate Republican delegates, making the stakes in those two states particularly high. March 15 will perhaps be a decisive day of voting as population-rich states including Florida, Illinois and OH, each with substantial delegates, will be voting.
“I think that going forward for the party, I think it’s more inclusive to include a much younger generation of voters and I think going forward as a Democrat, that’s (Sanders) the voice we need”, says Ben McCarty, who spoke in support of Sanders.
The contest offered a rare chance for Nebraska Democrats to wield some influence in a presidential race and followed a Sanders victory in neighboring Kansas earlier in the evening.
Rubio, for his part, has had no qualms denouncing Trump as a fraud and a “con artist”.
Trump’s decision to skip an appearance Saturday at a conference sponsored by the American Conservative Union in the Washington area to get in one last Kansas rally rankled members of the group, who tweeted that it “sends a clear message to conservatives”.