Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton and Republican front runner Donald Trump, and Ohio Governor John Kasich bagged presidential primary victories in Super Tuesday 3.
Kasich’s victory in the Ohio primary was his first of the Republican primary campaign. The victory was a necessity, as a loss would have doomed him. He said, “You better believe it’s about America — about pulling us together, not pulling us apart.” He also paid tribute to Rubio in his speech, referring to him as a “very, very great, talented and fine United states senator,” and lauded him for “the effort that he has done.”
As reported by the New York Times, Clinton clinched a win in Illinois Democratic primaries in Illinois and Florida. With this, the former secretary of state extended her lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who had only recently won in Michigan. A hundred and fifty six delegates were up for grabs in Illinois.
In her victory speech in West Palm Beach, Florida, she said, “We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November.” She said that she would have in excess of two million votes more than Sanders by the end of the night – which would amount to a lead of 300 delegates.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who suffered a loss in his home state, said that he will be bowing out of the presidential race. On the Republican side, as a result of Rubio stepping out of the presidential bid there now remain three contenders – Trump, Kasich, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Trump clinched primary victories in Illinois, North Carolina and Florida. Trump’s aggressive campaigning in the recent weeks – despite the cancellation of his rally in Chicago – led him to vital wins in the states.
Rubio, in his speech, said that a politics of division will make America “fractured.”
“America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have seen this coming,” Rubio said, as reported by fox13.com. “While we are on the right side,” he said, “this year, we will not be on the winning side.”
Cruz has said that he is the closest rival to Trump, and also invited Rubio’s supporters to join him. Speaking in a hotel ballroom, the Texas senator said, “Tonight was a good night. Tonight, we continued to gain delegates and continued our march to 1,237.”