Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump cemented as 2016 leaders
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, emboldened by commanding victories on Tuesday, across large swaths of the country, are beginning to focus on each other in the race for the White House.
Clinton previewed a "love and kindness" message while Trump traded his typical rollicking rallies for a sober media conference where he pressed his case that Clinton is a proven failure as a longtime politician.
Both spoke from Florida, where the general election is often won or lost. That wasn't one of the dozen states that weighed in on a day known as Super Tuesday because it's the busiest of the 2016 primary season.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz won his home state, Oklahoma and Alaska, buttressing his out-of-the-gate win in the Iowa caucuses a month ago, while Florida Senator Marco Rubio notched his first victory, in Minnesota.
"Our campaign is the only campaign that has beaten, that can beat, and that will beat Donald Trump," Cruz thundered to supporters gathered at the wood-paneled Redneck Country Club in Stafford, Texas.
Trump and Clinton have so far notched Super Tuesday wins in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Arkansas and Massachusetts. Trump also won in Massachusetts and Vermont, and Clinton in Texas. Ted Cruz picked up his home state of Texas as well as neighbouring Oklahoma, and Marco Rubio scored a lone victory in Minnesota. Sanders won his home state of Vermont, and Oklahoma, Colorado and Minnesota.