Super Tuesday 2016: Trump, Clinton Dominate, But Cruz, Rubio, Sanders Win Enough To Keep Going

  • by: Alan Duke

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Donald Trump's path to be the Republican Presidential nominee became clearer with seven Super Tuesday wins, but none of his rivals were knocked out. Ted Cruz, who won in Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska, called on Marco Rubio to consider dropping out and helping him stop Trump. Rubio rejects the idea he should quit. He did win the Minnesota caucuses and has the primary in his home state of Florida to look forward to on March 15. Ben Carson and John Kasich brought up the rear, but both candidates insist they are still contenders.

The idea of Hillary Clinton's inevitability to be the Democratic nominee became stronger with seven wins, including Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Arkansas. Bernie Sanders did claim Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado and his home state of Vermont.

Scroll down to see our running blog of the Super Tuesday 2016 vote count and the reactions.


  • 2016-03-02T05:57:01Z 2016-03-02T05:57:01Z
    Ted Cruz wins Alaska’s GOP caucus. Here results are is the final Super Tuesday scorecard: Republicans Donald Trump - 7 states (Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont) Ted Cruz - 3 states (Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska) Marco Rubio - 1 state (Minnesota) Democrats Hillary Clinton - 7 states (Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Massachusetts) Bernie Sanders - 4 states (Vermont, Oklahoma, Colorado, Minnesota)
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  • 2016-03-02T04:27:36Z 2016-03-02T04:27:36Z
    Hillary Clinton will edge out Bernie Sanders in Massachusetts, but Sanders wins Colorado caucuses.
  • 2016-03-02T04:19:55Z 2016-03-02T04:19:55Z
    Marco Rubio will get his first win. CNN projects that Rubio wins the Minnesota caucuses.
  • 2016-03-02T04:07:59Z 2016-03-02T04:07:59Z
    Marco Rubio is not backing down. He tells CNN Jake Tapper he will not accept Ted Cruz’s invitation to quit the GOP and support him. Rubio suggest it was not a good night for Cruz, who had hoped to win more southern states. “We’re going to pic up a major number of delegates,” Rubio said. And he is “confident that you’re going to see us being to win contests.” If Donald Trump gets the GOP nomination, “it will be the end of the modern Republican Party.”
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  • 2016-03-02T03:54:54Z 2016-03-02T03:54:54Z
  • 2016-03-02T03:48:30Z 2016-03-02T03:48:30Z
    John Kasich is in contention in one state:
  • 2016-03-02T03:34:18Z 2016-03-02T03:34:18Z
    Marco Rubio is LEADING early in the Minnesota caucuses! Just 6% of the votes are counted, but if he hangs in the lead, it could give him a nail to hang his hat on until the primary in his home state of Florida on March 15.
  • 2016-03-02T03:31:13Z 2016-03-02T03:31:13Z
    So far Donald Trump wins: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Virginia, Arkansas. Cruz Wins: Texas, Oklahoma.
  • 2016-03-02T03:17:20Z 2016-03-02T03:17:20Z
    Ted Cruz: "God bless the Lone Star State and God Bless the state of Oklahoma." In his Super Tuesday speech, Cruz stresses he's beaten Trump three times. “Our campaign is the only campaign that has beaten, than can beat and will beat Donald Trump.” He then calls on Rubio to quit the GOP race and join him. “I ask you to prayerfully consider our coming together, uniting.” Together, they can stop Trump, he says.
  • 2016-03-02T03:11:28Z 2016-03-02T03:11:28Z
    Donald Trump says he liked Marco Rubio before he ‘went Don Rickles’ on him. He says Rickles has more talent.
  • 2016-03-02T02:55:14Z 2016-03-02T02:55:14Z
    Trump vows ’We’re going to spend a lot of time in Florida’ to defeat Lil’ Rubio. Trump calls Marco Rubio the big loser. ’He hasn’t won anything, period!’
  • 2016-03-02T02:44:58Z 2016-03-02T02:44:58Z
    Donald Trump says the GOP should recognize that he has brought over voters from the Democratic Party and independents. “We have expanded the Republican Party… We are going to be a much finer party, a unified party, a much bigger party.” It will be "more inclusive," he said.
  • 2016-03-02T02:16:50Z 2016-03-02T02:16:50Z
    Sanders takes Oklahoma, his second Super Tuesday state.
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    Watch the LIVE STREAM of Donald Trump speaking about his Super Tuesday victories here:
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    Ted Cruz edges Trump for first in Oklahoma.
  • 2016-03-02T02:01:04Z 2016-03-02T02:01:04Z
    Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton will both win Texas, CNN Projects.
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  • 2016-03-02T01:56:11Z 2016-03-02T01:56:11Z
    Hillary Clinton is speaking from Miami, Florida.
  • 2016-03-02T01:44:43Z 2016-03-02T01:44:43Z
    Donald Trump wins Virginia with about 36%. Marco Rubio gets 2nd, Ted Cruz 3rd. It is possible Donald Trump could win 10 Super Tuesday states if early trends hold up.
  • 2016-03-02T01:32:54Z 2016-03-02T01:32:54Z
    The GOP race in Arkansas is tight early between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
  • 2016-03-02T01:29:10Z 2016-03-02T01:29:10Z
    With 17% of the vote counted in in Texas: Ted Cruz leads his home state with 38%, Donald Trump has 28% and Marco Rubio is third with 20%. Hillary Clinton has a 2-1 margin over Bernie Sanders in Texas. Clinton has also been projected to win Arkansas, the state where her husband served as governor.
  • 2016-03-02T01:27:04Z 2016-03-02T01:27:04Z
  • 2016-03-02T01:23:35Z 2016-03-02T01:23:35Z
    With 75% of the GOP vote counted in Virginia, Donald Trump leads at 37%, second is Marc Rubio with 30%, and Ted Cruz trails in third with 17%.
  • 2016-03-02T01:12:27Z 2016-03-02T01:12:27Z
    Early vote count in Oklahoma shows a tight GOP race between Trump, Cruz and Rubio.
  • 2016-03-02T01:04:04Z 2016-03-02T01:04:04Z
    CNN projects that Donald Trump will win Alabama, Tennessee and Massachusetts. Trump has already locked up a win in Georgia. CNN also projected Hillary Clinton will win Alabama and Tennessee, along with Georgia and Virginia.
  • 2016-03-02T00:42:15Z 2016-03-02T00:42:15Z
    Bernie Sanders reminds supporters that even through Clinton may win more states "by the end of tonight, we are going to win many hundreds of delegates.” 35 states remain to vote after Super Tuesday.
  • 2016-03-02T00:34:18Z 2016-03-02T00:34:18Z
  • 2016-03-02T00:28:38Z 2016-03-02T00:28:38Z
    Bernie Sanders has won his home state of Vermont, which is not a surprise. "It is good to be home," Sanders said in a victory speech.
  • 2016-03-02T00:23:41Z 2016-03-02T00:23:41Z
    Donald Trump wins Georgia! The margin is so big CNN was able to call the Peach State of the billionaire just 24 minutes after polls closed.
  • 2016-03-02T00:20:41Z 2016-03-02T00:20:41Z
    Hillary Clinton claims victory in Virginia ad Georgia seconds after the polls close.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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