WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential hopes of two of Donald Trump’s remaining rivals were on the line in five big states voting Tuesday in the wild but winnowing Republican slugfest, while Democrats in those states decided whether Hillary Clinton will be harder to catch.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich battled it out for a home-state victory to stay alive in the 2016 campaign, however Senator Marco Rubio suspended his campaign following a loss of his home state in Florida. The suspension of his campaign did not come as a surprise, however he said he is optimistic about the future.
A strong night for Clinton would blunt Bernie Sanders’ feisty challenge and make her delegate lead closer to unassailable. But the Vermont senator bid for an upset in industrial states like the one that rocked the race in Michigan last week.
Both parties held contests in Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina; the Ohio and Florida primaries were especially crucial for Republicans because all GOP delegates in those big states go to the winner. Trump already triumphed earlier Tuesday in the winner-take-all contest for nine GOP delegates in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory.
Stay tuned for developing details on the contests, we’ll post the winners below:
Ohio: Democrat winner Hillary Clinton – 143 delegates at stake | Republican winner John Kasich – 66 delegates at stake
Florida: Democrat winner Hillary Clinton – 214 delegates at stake | Republican winner Donald Trump – 99 delegates at stake
Missouri: Democrat winner | Republican winner
Illinois: Democrat winner | Republican winner Donald Trump – 69 delegates at stake
North Carolina: Democrat winner Hillary Clinton – 107 delegates at stake | Republican winner Donald Trump – 72 delegates at stake