Five more states held their presidential primary contests Tuesday in what shaped up to be one of the most critical days of the 2016 election yet. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton separated from the rest of the pack for good after results in Ohio, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri cemented the front-runners in the GOP and Dem races.
Catch up on all the latest news and analysis below:
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So much went down on Super Tuesday 2.0. The highlights include, but are not limited to:
- Hillary Clinton sweeping all five contests and racking up even more delegates to solidify her lead in the Democratic race.
- Donald Trump winning four out of five states, with John Kasich scoring a win in Ohio.
- Marco Rubio suspending his campaign after a significant loss in his home state of Florida.
For the full list of results from Ohio, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, and Missouri go here.
For the latest polls and stats go here.
For updates and analysis on the GOP and Dem races go here.
Divisions in the Republican Party have captured much of the attention this primary season, but the Democrats, too, are far from united.
According to the NBC News Exit Poll of those who voted across the five states Tuesday, only about half of Democratic primary voters say they would be satisfied with the outcome if their favored candidate doesn't end up as the eventual nominee.
Among Hillary Clinton's voters across the five states Tuesday, about half say they would be satisfied if Bernie Sanders were the eventual nominee, while about as many would be dissatisfied.
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Because of Kasich's disappointment at the amount of confetti at a celebratory campaign stop in New Hampshire, his campaign made sure that at his victory party in Ohio, there was so. much. confetti.
Donald Trump dubbed Marco Rubio "little Marco" and took a number of shots at the Florida senator throughout the campaign. But Trump tweeted that the two have finally found some agreement.
In an interview with CNBC Tuesday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan again weighed in on the prospect of stepping in to accept the party's nomination at a contested convention.
"You know, I haven't given any thought to this stuff. People say, 'What about the contested convention?' I say, well, there are a lot of people running for president. We'll see. Who knows," he told CNBC's John Harwood.
In the same interview, Ryan -- who has gone so far as to urge a political committee backing a Ryan run to stand down -- noted that he definitively announced last year that he would not seek the presidency.
"I actually think you should run for president if you're going to be president, if you want to be president," he said. "I'm not running for president. I made that decision, consciously, not to."
And he said of the prospect of potentially stepping in if Republican delegates sought him as a savior: "I don't see that happening. I'm not thinking about it. I'm happy where I am, so no.""
Ted Cruz courted Marco Rubio's supporters and made the case that the battle to win the Republican presidential nomination is now between him and Donald Trump after a lackluster showing in Tuesday's contests.
"We continued to gain delegates and continue our march to 1,237," Cruz said, referencing the number of delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination.
The Texas senator is in danger of being shut out in the day's five primary contests. Trump took North Carolina, Florida and Illinois while John Kasich won Ohio. Missouri is the only outstanding primary Cruz can still win.
"Only two campaigns have a plausible path to the nomination," Cruz said.
And despite his frequent clashes with his Senate colleague, Cruz praised Rubio for running "a strong, optimistic, positive campaign." The Florida senator ended his 2016 run after falling to Trump in his home state.
"To those who supported Marco, who worked so hard, we welcome you," Cruz said.
The primaries tonight have helped solidify Donald Trump's lead in the race for the Republican Party nomination. Trump's wins in Florida and North Carolina and his strong second-place finish in Ohio point to a base of support that could be critical in November since all three states are expected to be competitive battlegrounds in the general election this November. But the contours of this multi-candidate primary contest can mask the fact that a majority of the GOP electorate picked someone other than Trump tonight—whether it was Cruz, Rubio or Kasich. Should Trump win the party nomination, he will need to gain their support in the general election match-up
All told, just over half of the GOP voters in Florida picked a candidate other than Trump. In North Carolina nearly six in 10 voters chose someone other than Trump; in Ohio the figure is even higher.
Across all three states, a minority of those who voted for someone other than Trump say they would be satisfied if the general election comes down to a contest between Trump and Hillary Clinton. In Florida, about half of those voting for someone other than Trump say they would seriously consider voting for a third party candidate in November.
For more exit poll news go here.
Votes are still being counted in all primary states tonight, but NBC News has already allocated a significant number of delegates to candidates from both parties.
In the winner take all states, Donald Trump received 99 delegates from Florida, while Kasich clinched all 66 from Ohio.
On the Democratic side, delegates are being allocated proportionally. Clinton has already received hundreds from her wins in Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina, inching her closer to the nomination. She is now less than 1000 delegates away from doing so.
Clinton also has a hefty lead with superdelegates, 436 to Sanders' 23.
Delegates are being allocated all night long. Follow along with NBC's Delegate Tracker.
Donald Trump congratulated both former rival Marco Rubio and embattled campaign manager Corey Lewandowski while addressing supporters in Florida on Tuesday.
However he did not mention John Kasich, who beat him in Ohio and prevented the frontrunner from securing an almost certainly unstoppable path to the GOP presidential nomination.
"I want to congratulate Marco Rubio on running a really tough campaign. He's really tough, he's really smart and he has a great future," Trump said after a commanding win over Rubio in Florida. Trump also took the Illinois and North Carolina Republican primaries.
The two had an increasingly personal feud earlier this month, which boiled over into a nationally televised debate that even Republicans admitted was bad for the party.
Standing prominently behind Trump was Lewandowski, who made headlines recently for an altercation with a reporter.
"Good job, Corey," Trump said while announcing his status atop the polls.
Trump did not, however, address reporters like he did last week after wins in Michigan and Mississippi.
Gov. John Kasich won his home state of Ohio Tuesday, making it more difficult for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination outright.
Despite Kasich's win in the delegate-rich state, he will have only 129 delegates, making it statistically impossible for him to win the necessary 1237 delegates for the nomination.
Even after winning Ohio's 66 delegates, he will still have fewer delegates than Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had when he dropped out Tuesday night after a devastating loss in his home state of Florida.
What Kasich's win does do, however, is make it more difficult for Trump to also obtain a majority of delegates, increasing the possibility that the Republican Party will not have a nominee heading into that party's convention in July. If no nominee won after all the states voted, the delegates decide the winner.
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Bernie Sanders stressed how far his campaign has come since its launch, but sounded like a candidate prepared to continue on after disappointing primary loses on Tuesday.
"We have come a long way in 10 months," Sanders said to applause.
"The reason we have defied all expectations is that we are doing something very radical in American politics. We are telling the truth," the Vermont senator said.
After his surprising victory last week over Hillary Clinton in Michigan, Sanders hoped to carry his momentum into neighboring Ohio. But Sanders was dealt a commanding defeat by Clinton in the Buckeye State, as well as in Florida and North Carolina.
He is now hoping to pull out Tuesday night wins in Illinois and Missouri.
Following Sen. Marco Rubio's concession speech, his fellow Senate colleague and GOP candidate Ted Cruz released this statement:
Marco Rubio is a friend and a colleague who ran an optimistic campaign focused on the future of our party, conservative principles, and uplifting the American people. The Republican primary was stronger because of the ideas he brought forth. Marco's story embodies the promise of our great nation. I know he will continue to be a champion for limitless opportunity in America, and I wish Marco, Jeanette, and their four kids the very best.
Even though the races in Illinois and Missouri remain too close to call, Hillary Clinton told her supporters that her significant wins in Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio already merit a celebration.
"We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November," Clinton said. "You voted for our tomorrow to be better than our yesterday."
Clinton could potentially finish with an over 300 delegate lead against Sanders following tonight's results. As of now, NBC has allocated 211 delegates to Clinton while Sanders has received 94. The former secretary of state also overwhelmingly leads Sanders with superdelegates, 436 to 23.
Clinton reminded the crowd that Trump's win in Florida is also a step closer for him clinching the GOP nomination.
"Tonight it's clearer than ever that this may be one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime," she said, before telling the audience the country deserves a president filled with ideas and experience.
"When he embraces torture, that doesn't make him strong, it makes him wrong," Clinton said. "This isn't just about Donald Trump. All of us have to do our part."
Clinton now has her eyes set on Arizona, releasing a new ad right before polls closed at 9 pm.
NBC News projects John Kasich will win the GOP primary in the key battleground state of Ohio. This is a badly needed win for the Ohio governor -- 66 delegates are up for grabs. The Kasich campaign is looking for their win in the Buckeye State tonight to jump start new momentum for the campaign going forward.
Kasich campaigned hard on his record of bringing economic recovery to Ohio, a state that, like other industrial states in the region, was hit hard by the economic downturn of 2009.
Nearly four in 10 Republican primary voters in Ohio say jobs and the economy are the most important issues facing the nation. But at the same time, a majority of Ohioans - some six in 10—say their own family finances are holding steady. About one in five are getting ahead, and roughly one in six voters say they are falling behind financially.