Trump, Hillary score major victories, Rubio drops out

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Mar 2016 14:04:52

Hillary Clinton speaks during her election campaign.

 

Cleveland, Mar 16 (Agencies)

AN epic clash between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the US polls seemed imminent as the front-runners on Wednesday took giant steps towards securing their parties’ presidential nomination by winning pivotal primaries in a multi-State vote.
Trump had another great night with three major victories and a near tie, while a big loss in his home State of Florida prompted Marco Rubio to drop his White House bid. Hillary Clinton too scored major wins in Florida and North Carolina and in a crucial victory, she stopped self-styled Democratic Socialist rival Bernie Sanders in his tracks in the industrial Midwest by taking Ohio.
Trump won Republican primary victories in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois and was in a virtual tie with closest rival Ted Cruz in Missouri getting at least 159 more delegates and taking his total to 619 from 18 wins.
However, his loss in Ohio to its Governor, John Kasich made it more difficult for the brash billionaire to reach the 1,237 delegates he needs to capture the Republican nomination without a heated contest. Cruz has 394 delegates, Rubio 167 and Kasich 136. But Trump’s victory in the biggest contest of the Tuesday night, taking all off Florida’s 99 delegates forced Rubio out of the race and upended Republican establishment’s plans to get united against the real estate tycoon.
“This was a great evening,” he said in his primary night address describing himself proudly as a candidate of the angry and disaffected. “There is great anger,” Trump said. “Believe me, there is great anger.” Conceding defeat, Rubio warned that Trump’s politics of division will leave America a “fractured nation”. “America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have seen this coming,” he said. “While we are on the right side,” he said, “this year, we will not be on the winning side.”
On the Democratic side, Clinton won the Florida and Ohio primaries and with a win in North Carolina completed her sweep of Southern states where she has enjoyed strong support from African-American voters.
“We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November,” Clinton said in a victory speech in West Palm Beach, Florida. She said that by the end of Tuesday night she would have two million more votes than Sanders, and hold a lead of more than 300 in the delegate count.
AN epic clash between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the US polls seemed imminent as the front-runners on Wednesday took giant steps towards securing their parties’ presidential nomination by winning pivotal primaries in a multi-State vote.
Trump had another great night with three major victories and a near tie, while a big loss in his home State of Florida prompted Marco Rubio to drop his White House bid. Hillary Clinton too scored major wins in Florida and North Carolina and in a crucial victory, she stopped self-styled Democratic Socialist rival Bernie Sanders in his tracks in the industrial Midwest by taking Ohio.
Trump won Republican primary victories in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois and was in a virtual tie with closest rival Ted Cruz in Missouri getting at least 159 more delegates and taking his total to 619 from 18 wins.
However, his loss in Ohio to its Governor, John Kasich made it more difficult for the brash billionaire to reach the 1,237 delegates he needs to capture the Republican nomination without a heated contest. Cruz has 394 delegates, Rubio 167 and Kasich 136. But Trump’s victory in the biggest contest of the Tuesday night, taking all off Florida’s 99 delegates forced Rubio out of the race and upended Republican establishment’s plans to get united against the real estate tycoon.
“This was a great evening,” he said in his primary night address describing himself proudly as a candidate of the angry and disaffected. “There is great anger,” Trump said. “Believe me, there is great anger.” Conceding defeat, Rubio warned that Trump’s politics of division will leave America a “fractured nation”. “America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have seen this coming,” he said. “While we are on the right side,” he said, “this year, we will not be on the winning side.”
On the Democratic side, Clinton won the Florida and Ohio primaries and with a win in North Carolina completed her sweep of Southern states where she has enjoyed strong support from African-American voters.
“We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November,” Clinton said in a victory speech in West Palm Beach, Florida. She said that by the end of Tuesday night she would have two million more votes than Sanders, and hold a lead of more than 300 in the delegate count.