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Highlights: Michigan Results Loom Large as 2016 Race Advances

Four states held contests to choose presidential nominees Tuesday, with voters in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii casting votes.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored two early wins in Mississippi. But Bernie Sanders narrowly took the big prize by winning Michigan in a late night nail-biter as Trump handily won the state's GOP primary. Late in the evening, Ted Cruz won the Idaho Republican primary and Trump won the Hawaii GOP caucus when the returns came in overnight.

For a recap of all the news and analysis from Tuesday's primaries, check out our live blog below:

LIVE BLOG: MICHIGAN AND MORE

Donald Trump Wins Hawaii GOP Caucus, NBC News Projects

Donald Trump Wins Hawaii GOP Caucus, NBC News Projects

Andrew Rafferty

Sanders Says Campaign Has "Come-From-Behind Momentum"

Sanders Says Campaign Has "Come-From-Behind Momentum"

Bernie Sanders, who addressed reporters well before the results of the Democratic primary in Michigan were known, released a paper statement late Tuesday declaring victory and "come-from-behind momentum."

"I am grateful to the people of Michigan for defying the pundits and pollsters and giving us their support. This is a critically important night. We came from 30 points down in Michigan and we're seeing the same kind of come-from-behind momentum all across America."

"Not only is Michigan the gateway to the rest of the industrial Midwest, the results there show that we are a national campaign. We already have won in the Midwest, New England and the Great Plains and as more people get to know more about who we are and what our views are we're going to do very well."

Ted Cruz Wins Idaho

Ted Cruz Wins Idaho

NBC News projects Ted Cruz will win the Idaho GOP primary. Donald Trump will come in second place.

Sanders Wins Michigan

Sanders Wins Michigan

NBC News projects Bernie Sanders will win the Michigan Democratic primary.

Idaho GOP Primary Too Early To Call

Idaho GOP Primary Too Early To Call

At 11 p.m. ET, NBC News projects the Democratic primary in Michigan is too early to call.

Leigh Ann Caldwell

Sanders Takes the Stage Briefly

Sanders Takes the Stage Briefly

Bernie Sanders took the stage nearly two hours after Michigan polls closed but the race is still too close to call. Should Sanders win, it would be a huge coup for his campaign as polls indicated Clinton would win the state.

Sanders said that even if he doesn't win, the race would be close enough for the delegates to be split between himself and Clinton.

"What tonight means is that the Bernie Sanders campaign … is strong in eevry party of the country and we firmly believe our strongest areas are yet to happen," Sanders said during a brief election-night appearance.

Andrew Rafferty

Kasich Predicts a 'Whole New Ballgame' After Ohio Primary

Kasich Predicts a 'Whole New Ballgame' After Ohio Primary

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Republican voters have begun rewarding his positive campaign and predicted "a whole new ballgame" after next week's primary in his home state.

"I landed in Cleveland today and I almost got down on my hands and knees to kiss the ground to be back in Ohio," Kasich said Tuesday at a primary night rally in Columbus, Ohio.

Kasich Confident About Ohio 9:27

Kasich can capture second place behind Donald Trump in Michigan. He is locked in a tight battle with Ted Cruz and both Republicans are well ahead of fourth-place Marco Rubio.

"I think people are beginning to reward a positive campaign," Kasich told supporters.

On the campaign trail, the Ohio governor has attempted to remain above the fray, passing on the opportunities to deliver the kinds of jabs and insults that have characterized the Republican primary.

Though has had impressive showings in some of the primary states, he has yet to win any of the GOP contests. That, he says, will change when Ohioans go to the polls next week.

"We are going to win the state of Ohio and it will be a whole new ballgame," Kasich said.

Leigh Ann Caldwell

Trump: I hope Republicans Embrace It

Trump: 'I hope Republicans Embrace It'

After winning Michigan and Mississippi, Donald Trump said the "single biggest" story in politics today is the record turnout in Republican primaries.

"We'll take many many people away from the Democrats," he said.

Trump Predicts Wins in Ohio and Beyond 21:41

In what seems like an effort to soften talk about a split within the Republican Party as Trump moves closer to the nomination, he said "I hope Republicans embrace" his candidacy and his supporters.

Still reeling from the anti-Trump speech by Mitt Romney, Trump brought props to his event, including Trump Steaks, Trump Wine, Trump Water and Trump Magazine, all items that Romney criticized during his speech.

Getting back to his performance, he said, "There's only one person who did well tonight: Donald Trump," Trump said about himself, adding that he insists that he's going to do "really well" in Florida and Ohio.

Andrew Rafferty

Watch Live: Clinton Speaks After Miss. Primary Win

Clinton Asks for Support During 'Busy Week' in Ohio

Hillary Clinton said it will be a "busy week" in Ohio ahead of next week's primary in the Buckeye State and slammed her GOP rivals for running campaigns centered on insults Tuesday night.

"Running for president shouldn't be about delivering insults, it should be about delivering results," Clinton said during a primary night rally in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Every time you think they can't get any uglier they find a way," Clinton said of her GOP rivals.

Clinton Takes Swipe at GOP Race After Miss., Mich. Primaries 1:25

Clinton easily won the Democratic primary in Mississippi and is in a too-close-to call race against Sanders in Michigan. She made no mention of either result in her speech, though.

"This has been so far a campaign focused on the issue, and I'm proud of the campaign that Sen. Sanders and I are running," Clinton said.

Delegate rich Ohio holds its primary next Tuesday, and tonight's victor in Michigan will have momentum heading into the next critical primary test.

Sanders hammered Clinton on her support for trade deals that exit polls showed Michigan voters overwhelmingly opposed. Clinton accussed Sanders of opposing the auto bailout credited with helping to save the American auto industry.

Both issues will also play large roles in the Ohio primary.

Michigan Exit Poll Results: How Trump Won

Michigan Exit Poll Results: How Trump Won

NBC News projects a key win for Donald Trump tonight in Michigan, with a strong showing from both Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the Rust Belt state.

As with earlier primaries, Trump did particularly well in Michigan among voters who are looking for a candidate who "tells it like it is" as well as with those who think the next president should be someone from outside the political establishment. Trump also does well with voters looking for a candidate who can bring needed change in November.

Trump captured 44 percent of the vote among those with some college or less education. College graduates were split among three candidates: Trump, Kasich and Cruz.

Anna Brand

Michigan Dem Primary Too Early To Call

Michigan Dem Primary Too Early To Call

At 9 p.m. ET, NBC News projects the Democratic primary in Michigan is too early to call.

Anna Brand

Trump Wins Michigan GOP Primary

Trump Wins Michigan GOP Primary

NBC News projects Donald Trump will win the Michigan Republican primary. Ted Cruz and John Kasich are vying for second, while Marco Rubio trails far behind.

Trump Wins Michigan GOP Primary
Trump Wins Michigan GOP Primary NBC News

Breaking Down the Latest Numbers

Breaking Down the Latest Numbers

Mississippi Exit Poll Results: Inside Trump's Win

Mississippi Exit Poll Results: Inside Trump's Win

Donald Trump won the Mississippi Republican primary Tuesday, performing particularly well with voters who are angry with the federal government and those who think the next president should be a political outsider. Trump won about half of the vote among those with annual family incomes under $50,000, according to the NBC News Exit Poll. Trump also did well with voters in Mississippi who are either somewhat conservative or who are moderate or liberal.

Cruz, who NBC News projects will finish second, beat Trump among voters who are very conservative. Cruz also did particularly well with voters who are looking for a candidate who shares their values. And Cruz won 44 percent of voters who made up their minds within the last week.

Anna Brand

Rubio Rails Against Clinton in Primary Speech

Rubio Rails Against Clinton in Primary Speech

Marco Rubio spoke to supporters on Tuesday night after results came in from the Mississippi contest, where he trailed far behind winner Donald Trump. But instead of going after the Republican frontrunner as he's done in recent weeks, the Florida senator launched attacks at Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

"As you can see, we have a lot of work to do, because President Obama has done a lot of damage to America," Rubio said. "We can't embrace a better future if Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States -- she would follow Obama's agenda."

Rubio: I Will Undo Obama's Agenda 1:36

Clinton was the projected winner in the Mississippi Democratic primary when the polls closed at 8 p.m.

Rubio said Clinton sees him as the biggest threat because "she attacks me more than any other Republican."

Looking forward to the Florida contests next Tuesday, where Rubio said he believes the winner there will be the GOP nominee, he said to supporters, "I need your help."

"you believed in me once, I need you to believe in me again," Rubio said.

Anna Brand

Donald Trump Wins Mississippi GOP Primary

Donald Trump Wins Mississippi GOP Primary

NBC News projects Donald Trump wins Mississippi GOP Primary. Ted Cruz will finish second.

Mississippi Exit Poll Results: Clinton's Overwhelming Victory

Mississippi Exit Poll Results: Clinton's Overwhelming Victory

Hillary Clinton achieved an overwhelming victory today in the Mississippi Democratic primary with strong levels of support from a broad swath of voters.

Clinton captured 89 percent of the vote among blacks, 87 percent among those age 45 and older and 80 percent among women. She also scored exceptionally well among those who attend religious services at least weekly (85 percent) and those with a high school education or less (90 percent).

And unlike previous contests, in Mississippi, Clinton surpassed Sanders with three key groups—men, whites and voters under age 45. She won 74 percent of the votes from men, 64 percent from those under age 45 and 54 percent from whites.

Cruz Likens Trump Loyalty Oath to Pledging to a King

Cruz Likens Trump Loyalty Oath to Pledging to a King

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Ted Cruz equated Donald Trump's loyalty pledge to subjects declaring their devotion to a king on Tuesday.

"The idea that a candidate running for office would want people to pledge loyalty to him like subjects to a king," Cruz began telling reporters. "Well, we've had seven years of a president who thinks he's an emperor."

Cruz continued: "I raise my hand and I give an oath to you, to the people. That's who's working for whom."

Read the full story here.

Cruz Likens Trump's Voter Oath to Submitting Loyalty to King 1:17
Anna Brand

Mississippi GOP Race Is Too Early to Call

Mississippi GOP Race Is Too Early to Call

NBC News projects the Mississippi GOP primary is too early to call. Donald Trump is leading, Cruz is currently in second and Kasich and Rubio trail far behind.

Anna Brand

Clinton Wins Mississippi Dem Primary

Clinton Wins Mississippi Dem Primary

NBC News projects Hillary Clinton will win the Mississippi primary.

Clinton wins Mississippi primary
Clinton wins Mississippi primary NBC News