Cruz is in second with 231, and Rubio and Kasich trail him with 110 and 25 delegates.
The Saturday contests – wedged between Super Tuesday voting earlier in the week and consequential battles later this month in Michigan, Ohio and Florida – did not garner the same hot spotlight, though Kansas voters showed up in force at caucus sites throughout the state. Romney has spoken out against Trump, but has yet to endorse another nominee.
Clinton and Sanders both campaigned in MI, a sign of the importance both attach to the state’s primary on Tuesday.
Cruz said that if the Washington establishment tried to steal the nomination from the GOP front-runner, now Donald Trump, it could cause a revolt.
Gov. Matt Bevin said the move helped bring early attention to state, where Trump headlined a rowdy gathering in Louisville.
Hunting for delegates, Trump added a last-minute rally in Wichita, Kansas, to his Saturday morning schedule and Cruz planned to stop in Kansas on caucus day, too, one day after Rubio visited the state.
Trump’s rivals, who’ve tried just about everything to disrupt his juggernaut, can take comfort in one thing: The rules for Saturday’s round of voting make it easier for candidates to claim a share of the delegates than was true in some Super Tuesday states, when Trump rolled up seven wins to three for Cruz and one for Rubio. Neither Maine nor Kansas had been heavily polled, but his win in the former was a big surprise, and his margin of victory in Kansas (more than 2-to-1 over Trump) was eye opening.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures at a campaign rally held at the Univers … In all, 155 GOP delegates are at stake in Saturday’s races.
Ryan, who ran as the vice presidential candidate with Mitt Romney in 2012, has criticized Trump for his delay in denouncing white supremacist David Duke’s support but has not endorsed another candidate in the 2016 election cycle.
But the party’s establishment is unlikely to be much happier with Cruz, who has alienated many party leaders in Washington, than they have been with Trump.
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are each looking to strengthen their front-runner status in five presidential nominating contests on Saturday, as Trump tries to weather a barrage of blistering attacks from his party’s establishment.
Trump is the only one of the four to visit Kentucky, promising during a Louisville appearance that he’d lead a comeback for the state’s struggling coal industry.
Mrs Clinton, a former U.S. first lady, now has a commanding delegate lead over the self-described democratic socialist. Both Florida and OH use the winner-take-all method to allocate Republican delegates, making the stakes in those states particularly high. More fundamentally, they are in third and fourth place in total delegates.
The results in ME gave Cruz 12 delegates and Trump nine.
Over on the Democratic side, Sen. We have a path toward victory.
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 United States.