Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton closed in on their party's presidential nominations by racking up big wins on Super Tuesday, though the rest of the field showed no signs of clearing the way for them just yet.
Clinton won seven states — Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Texas, and Massachusetts. Trump scored at least seven victories Tuesday in Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, and Vermont, with Alaska yet to be decided.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz picked up much-needed wins in his home state of Texas and in Oklahoma. And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio picked up the first victory of his presidential campaign by winning the Minnesota Republican caucuses, leaving John Kasich and Ben Carson as the only candidates without a No. 1 finish in a nominating contest.
Look back on all the action as it happened below:
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Trumps Wins Vermont
Donald Trump is the apparent winner in the Vermont GOP primary, NBC News predicts. It will be Trump's seventh Super Tuesday win -- the Republican front-runner earlier in the night scored victories in Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Arkansas, with Alaska yet to be decided.
Who Spent the Most on the Air in Super Tuesday States?
From our ad-tracking partners at SMG Delta, here's what the Republican candidates spent in the 11 states where they competed tonight.
Team Trump: $1.1 million
Team Kasich: $282,000
Team Rubio $4 million
Team Cruz: $7 million
And here's what the Democrats spent:
Team Sanders $5.2 million
Team Clinton $6.4 million
Clinton Hauls in Delegates at Sanders' Expense
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vermont — Hillary Clinton took a decisive step toward locking down the Democratic presidential nomination on Super Tuesday, winning most of the 11 states up for grabs, including the biggest prize, Texas, and likely racking up enough delegates to greatly foreclose Bernie Sanders' path to the presidential nomination.
While it was not quite a blowout for Clinton, with some states still yet to be called, the front-runner won by decisive margins in the three biggest states state by delegate count - Texas, Georgia and Virginia - and cleaned up in the remaining Southern states, where she will collect a disproportionate amount.
Sanders had low expectations for the evening, and his top advisers insisted they were happy with the outcome. But what matters is the all-important delegate count, and Clinton simply won much larger states by much larger margins and more of them.
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Sanders Wins Minnesota Caucus
Sanders wins his fourth state of the night, winning the Minnesota caucuses.
Of his four wins, two are caucus states and two states hold primaries. Clinton won seven states, including delegate rich Texas.
Rubio Grabs First Win
Marco Rubio gets his first win of the primary, taking Minnesota.
Clinton Clinches Massachusetts
Hillary Clinton wins Massachusetts, in a big get for her over Sanders, who performs well in the northeast.
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Sanders Wins Colorado
In a big win for him, Bernie Sanders wins his third state of the night, taking Colorado.
Oklahoma Exit Poll Results: Sanders Wins Big With Younger Voters, Independents and Men
According to the NBC News Exit Poll, Bernie Sanders secured a solid win in Oklahoma tonight with significant levels of support from key demographic groups.
Most significant was the vote from Democrats younger than 45, with fully 74 percent supporting Sanders in the state. He also received a 55 percent bloc of votes from whites and 58 percent of the votes from men.
Two-thirds of Democratic primary voters who described themselves as independents voted for Sanders, as did two-thirds of those who want the next president to be a political outsider. Sanders also captured 63 percent of votes from those who consider income inequality to be the top issue in the country.
Cruz to Republicans: "We Must Come Together" to Defeat Donald Trump
Fresh from winning the Oklahoma and Texas primaries tonight, Sen. Ted Cruz told his supporters that his wins prove he is the only Republican candidate to beat Donald Trump.
"For the candidates who have not yet won a state, who have not racked up significant delegates, I ask for you to prayerfully consider our coming together, united," he said alluding to Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Dr. Ben Carson. The three candidates have yet to win a state.
So far tonight Trump has won six states, which is four more than Cruz. But a win in his home state of Texas has solidified an important and necessary win for the freshman senator to continue in the race.
Cruz has also won the Iowa caucuses back in February.
In his speech tonight, Cruz nudged Republicans to leave behind low polling candidates and unite behind his campaign, which he claims is the only way to slow Trump's "likely" path to the nomination.
"For those who have supported other candidates, we welcome you on our team standing united as one. That is the only way to beat Donald Trump."
Clinton's Big Margins with African-American Voters
One of the big headlines on the Democratic side tonight is just how overwhelming Clinton's support was with African-Americans
Take a look at these margins among black voters, according to exit polls:
Trump Takes Arkansas
Donald Trump wins his sixth state of the night, winning Arkansas.
Trump Rips Clinton In Super Tuesday Speech
Donald Trump who took the stage in Florida Tuesday night after racking up six early wins, focused first on attacking Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
"She's trying to make America whole again -- what's that about," Trump said, referring to her speech to supporters earlier in the night. "Making America great again is going to be much better than making America whole again," Trump said.
The Republican presidential frontrunner then turned his attacks to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who he said had a "rough night." Trump was projected to win Virginia, a state that Rubio needed to land.
NBC News projected Trump wins in Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee.
"We've expanded the party," Trump said. "We are going to be a much finer, unified party."
Super Tuesday Up Until Now
The results of some states are still outstanding, but here's what we know as of 9:45 p.m. EST:
Too early to call:
Too close to call:
Polls still open:
Texas Exit Poll Results: Clinton Wins with Backing from Women, Blacks and Hispanics
According to the NBC News Exit Poll, Hillary Clinton won the Texas Democratic primary tonight with very strong support from seniors, non-white voters and women.
More than eight in 10 Democrats age 65 or older, as well as eight in 10 black voters, chose Clinton today. She also secured votes from two-thirds of Hispanics, who represented just more than one in four Democratic primary voters in Texas. Two-thirds of women also voted for Clinton over Bernie Sanders.
Clinton fought Sanders to a draw among white voters, though he won a small majority of white men (53 percent). Sanders also scooped up seven in 10 votes from those younger than 30 — a consistent outcome in the Democratic primaries held so far this year.
Although only 10 percent of Democrats cited terrorism as the top challenge facing the U.S., 82 percent of these voters went for Clinton. When asked what quality mattered most when deciding how they voted today, voters were fairly evenly divided. About three in 10 said having the right experience was most important, and more than eight in 10 of these voters opted for Clinton over Sanders. Slightly fewer picked honesty, and Sanders won about two-thirds of those voters. A candidate who “cares about people like me” was the choice of about one-quarter, and the candidates battled to a draw among these voters.
Christie Introduces Donald Trump
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduced Donald Trump on Super Tuesday saying, "He's bringing this country together. That's not a campaign, that's a movement."
Texas Exit Poll Results: How Cruz Won a Home State Victory
Getting the victory in his home state that Ted Cruz needed to recharge his campaign, the Texas senator fended off a strong challenge from Donald Trump to win the Lone Star State’s Republican primary on Super Tuesday. Sharp differences between the groups supporting the two candidates were revealed in the NBC News Exit Poll.
As was the case in many contests on Super Tuesday, Cruz led among voters who most wanted a candidate who shared their values and voters who described themselves as very conservative. In contrast, Trump won overwhelmingly among those who instead wanted an outsider and a candidate who would simply “tell it like it is.”
A key group for Cruz was middle-income voters earning $50,000 to $100,000 per year; he finished first among these voters. But Trump won among Texas Republicans who were less well off.
Kasich: 'We've absolutely exceeded expectations'
John Kasich appeared before a few hundred Republicans tonight at the Hilton in Jackson, Mississippi, declaring that, “tonight I can say we have absolutely exceeded expectations” — boasting that he’s currently neck and neck with Trump in Vermont and also tied for second in Massachusetts.
Kasich turned the page to what’s next — echoing what his strategists have been pushing the last few weeks — that the calendar starts to favor him much more from here on out, that he will finally start to have “home court advantage." He promised yet again he will beat Trump in Ohio. And he thinks he will also have “a bit of home court here” in Mississippi.
Kasich went on to hit his themes of being positive, and pushing people to live “lives bigger than ourselves.”
Massachusetts Exit Poll Results: The Groups Behind Trump’s Big Win
Donald Trump swept Super Tuesday’s Republican primary in Massachusetts with a broad base of support among seniors, the less educated, and GOP voters who are angry at the federal government, according to the NBC News Exit Poll.
Among Massachusetts voters who are angry about the way the government is working, about six in 10 supported Trump. He performed equally well with voters without a college degree, and took roughly half of voters aged 65 or over.
Trump was also the solid choice among voters who made up their minds long ago. Of those who decided on a candidate before last month, an overwhelming majority — about two in three voters — supported Trump.