Super Saturday Recap: 2016 Race Moves to Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Maine and Nebraska

The 2016 presidential nominating contests moved forward with primaries or caucuses in five states on Saturday.

In the Republican race, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed the first two victories of the night, winning in Kansas and Maine, while Donald Trump finished second in both. Cruz was the runner-up in close races that Trump won later in the evening in the Louisiana primary and Kentucky caucus. Marco Rubio and John Kasich finished well behind the two winners in today's contests.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders won caucuses in Kansas and Nebraska, while Hillary Clinton won the Louisiana Democratic primary.

For full results, the latest delegate counts and all the latest news and analysis, visit Decision 2016.

And check out our live blog below for a recap of all Saturday's events:

Recap: March 5 Primary Day

Rubio campaign reaction

Rubio Campaign Responds to Trump's Call to 'Drop Out'

Marco Rubio's campaign spokesman reacted to Donald Trump's call that the senator drop out of the presidential race by saying Trump is worried Rubio will win Florida and its delegates.

"Trump's history as a con artist is being exposed — he canceled CPAC today because he's not a conservative," campaign spokesman Alex Conant said Saturday night.

"Trump knows that Marco has the momentum in Florida and is afraid because he knows losing those 99 delegates to Marco will be a turning point in this race," Conant said.

Trump was projected to win the Louisiana primary and Kentucky caucus Saturday. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is projected to win Kansas, and Maine's Republican Party said Cruz won the caucus in that state as well.

Carrie Dann

Trump Celebrates Wins, Calls on Rubio to Drop Out

Trump Celebrates Wins, Calls on Rubio to Drop Out

Donald Trump celebrated his wins in Kentucky and Louisiana Saturday, calling for Marco Rubio to drop out of the 2016 race and saying he wants a "one on one" contest against Ted Cruz.

"I think it's time now that he drop out of the race," he said of Rubio, who has won just one contest to date.

"I think it's time for Marco to clean the deck," he added later in the press conference. "I do. And I say that respectfully."

A relatively subdued Trump, who appeared at Trump International in West Palm Beach, congratulated Cruz on his wins in Maine and Kansas, though he said his own campaign "really didn't spend very much time" in either state.

"He should do well in Maine, because it's very close to Canada," he joked of Cruz. "Let's face it."

Just after he suggested he wanted a "one on one" race against Cruz, Trump also pushed for unity, saying that the party should "come together and stop this foolishness."

Alluding to suggestions that mainstream Republicans could mount a third party candidate if Trump is the nominee, Trump warned against the possibility of splitting conservatives in the general election.

"It 100 percent guarantees the election of the Democrat," he said, adding that the next president will name multiple Supreme Court justices.

Trump supporters filled the front rows of the press conference and reacted to some questions from the press, including boos when one reporter asked about this week's back-and-forth with Marco Rubio regarding the size of his hands.

Indicating a member of his golf club in the audience, Trump asked: "Do I hit the ball good? Do I hit the ball long? Is Trump strong?"

The press conference was delayed while Trump awaited results from the GOP primary in Kentucky.

"I've been in competitions all my life. There is nothing so exciting as this stuff," he said when he began his remarks.

Trump Projected to Win Kentucky Caucus

Trump Projected to Win Kentucky Caucus

NBC News projects Donald Trump will win the Kentucky Republican caucuses.

awkward clinton and sanders

Clinton and Sanders share an audience, but no pleasantries

After speaking at the same event in Detroit late Saturday, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were within feet of each other, shaking hands on the ropeline.

But the two Democratic candidates didn't speak to each other.

NBC's Danny Freeman writes that Sanders was slated to go onstage after Clinton finished her remarks, but the two accidentally ended up shaking hands in the crowd at the same time. Then, Sanders seemed to realize Clinton was there and moved to the side, but then went onstage as Clinton stood directly in front of him.

Carrie Dann

no trump yet

Trump Delays Start of Press Conference, Waiting for KY Results

After briefly appearing in the room at the site of his planned press conference in Florida, Donald Trump went back behind closed doors, apparently waiting for final calls of the race in Kentucky.

NBC News and other networks have projected Trump to be the winner in Louisiana, but no call of the Kentucky race has been made yet.

kim davis

Kim Davis, the woman at the center of a national debate about gay marriage and religious freedom last year, helped check in voters at the presidential caucus in Morehead, KY today.

Davis was the Rowan County clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples due to her religious beliefs.

Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis checks in a voter while working the GOP presidential caucus in Morehead, Ky., Saturday, March 5, 2016. AP

Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee - now out of the race - and Ted Cruz both appeared to support Davis in person during the controversy.

Trump Projected to Win Louisiana

Trump Projected to Win Louisiana

NBC News projects Donald Trump will win Louisiana.

Clinton: 'All Eyes Turn to Michigan'

Clinton: 'All Eyes Turn to Michigan'

Clinton at a Democratic event in Michigan congratulated Sanders on his Saturday wins, saying "I'm grateful to everyone who turned out," but said "all eyes" now turn to Michigan.

"We need to bring more people into our party," Clinton said, "and develop a pipeline for new leaders."

Clinton Speaks Ahead of Democratic Debate 20:14

The former secretary of state then slammed the Republican candidates for their "insult fest" at the most recent Fox News debate. "You want to pull your hair out," she said.

"We have to win this election and we all know the stakes keep getting higher and the rhetoric we're hearing from the other side keeps sinking lower," Clinton said.

She also urged voters to get out and vote every two years, as well, because "we cant afford to let [Republicans] take the white house and keep the Congress -- they will rip away all the progress we've made under President Obama."

Clinton Takes Louisiana Primary

Clinton Takes Louisiana Primary

NBC News on Saturday projected Hillary Clinton will win the Louisiana Democratic primary.

Cruz Thanks Supporters After Kansas, Maine Wins

Cruz Thanks Supporters After Kansas, Maine Wins

"We're bringing conservatives together," Cruz said to his supporters after being called the projected winner in both Kansas and Maine contests.

"To all the people who were supporting other candidates and who have come now to stand united, I say to you: 'welcome.'"

rubio delegate game

Rubio: We're Playing the 'Delegate Math'

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Marco Rubio brushed off his disappointing night Saturday after another round of losses and insisted his fortunes would shift on March 15, when states award their delegates on a winner-take-all basis.

"These states have a certain profile that other candidates do better in," he said of Kansas, Kentucky and Louisiana, all of which voted Saturday and went for his opponents, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

But he framed his losses in all three states — after a three-stop barnstorm of Kansas on Friday — as part of his overall strategy to amass enough delegates to make a play for the nomination in the long run.

"What you need to understand is that all of these states are awarding delegates by proportion. So tonight, we will have more delegates than we did last night."

He also said the states that have yet to vote will be more favorable for him going forward. "This map only gets better for us as we move forward in some of the other states," he said. "We're soon gonna be in the winner-take-all process…that's where we feel very confident as we move forward."

Rubio also insisted he had expected the setbacks he's faced in some of the recent primary states all along.

"We knew this would be the roughest period in the campaign give the makeup of the electoral map," he said.

The Florida senator is hoping to add a few more delegates to his count when Puerto Rico votes on Sunday, and made a last-minute campaign stop there Saturday night, delivering a brief stump speech to around 500 people entirely in Spanish, that pushed for Puerto Rican statehood.

But his losing streak — Rubio has won only one state out of the handful that have already voted, and both Cruz and Trump continued to widen their delegate leads on Rubio on Saturday night — ups the ante for him to win his home state of Florida, which votes on March 15.

It awards all of its 99 delegates to whomever wins the state, and Rubio's fortunes increasingly hinge on his success there. Rubio acknowledged this to the press before his Puerto Rico rally on Saturday night.

"There will be more delegates awarded in Florida then, basically, every state that voted tonight combined cause it's a winner take all state," he said.

And he again insisted, as he's done for weeks, that he'll win there. "We're gonna win Florida and you'll find out on March 15th how confident we are," he said.

GOP and Dem Races in Louisiana Too Early to Call

GOP and Dem Races in Louisiana Too Early to Call

NBC News characterized both the Republican and Democratic primaries in Louisiana too early to call when the polls closed at 9 p.m. ET.

Sanders Projected to Win Nebraska

Sanders Projected to Win Nebraska

NBC News projects Bernie Sanders wins Nebraska Dem caucus.

Maine GOP Party: Ted Cruz Wins

Maine GOP Party: Ted Cruz Wins

Ted Cruz is the winner of Maine GOP Caucus. This is based on an announcement by the Republican Party Chair in Maine.

Danny Freeman

sanders predicts KS NE wins

Bernie Sanders: 'We Have a Path Toward Victory'

Moments before the Democratic Party in Kansas declared Bernie Sanders the winner of its caucuses, Sanders told reporters that his campaign expected a win there and in Nebraska's contest.

"We have a path toward victory," he said, calling his performance in Kansas "a very good victory."

The winner of the Nebraska caucuses has not yet been projected.

"If we continue to do well, some of these super delegates will come to us," he added.

Sanders conceded that he's not expected to do well in Louisiana, where polls will close shortly.

"We're going to do poorly in Louisiana," he said.

Kansas Dem Party: Sanders Wins

Kansas Dem Party: Sanders Wins

Bernie Sanders is the winner of Kansas Dem Caucus. This is based on an announcement by the Democratic Party in Kansas.

Carrie Dann

sanders keeps up message

Sanders Keeps up Clinton Attacks in Michigan

Speaking to backers in Michigan, which holds its primary on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders continued to hammer away at his economic message and ding Hillary Clinton as a backer of big money in politics.

"What I have to do as a candidate is be honest with you, because I believe that if we have the courage to look our problems right in the face, and if we don't bury them, we can address them, we can resolve them," he said at a campaign rally in Warren.

He continued to take explicit aim at Hillary Clinton for her support from a super PAC and her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs.

"Democracy is about a meeting like this when people come out and you can agree with me, you can disagree with me. You can vote for me, you can vote against me. That's called democracy," he said. "But what democracy is not about is billionaires buying elections."

Sanders plans to campaign aggressively in Michigan. His campaign plans three big rallies there on Monday in Kalamazoo, Dearborn and Ann Arbor.

A Closer Look at Early Saturday Results

A Closer Look at Early Saturday Results

MSNBC's Steve Kornacki looks at the primaries and caucuses on Saturday.

Maine GOP Caucus Is Too Early to Call

Maine GOP Caucus Is Too Early to Call

With just 7 percent of the vote in, NBC News characterized the Maine GOP caucus as too early to call.

Maine GOP Caucus Too Early To Call
Maine GOP Caucus Too Early To Call NBC News

Louisiana Voter: 'Republicans Have Just Gone Off the Limb'

Louisiana Voter: 'Republicans Have Just Gone Off the Limb'