OFF TO THE RACES: Super Day!
Heading into Super Tuesday, Donald Trump hit a new high in our NBC News | SurveyMonkey tracking poll.
And if it was a two-man race on the Republican side? Our numbers suggest that Cruz or Rubio would likely still be trumped by Trump even in a head-to-head matchup.
The lead story of the New York Times, on the big day: "On Super Tuesday, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Look to Widen Leads" And the Washington Post: "GOP candidates on a frantic sprint to slow Trump before fateful Super Tuesday"
And the AP: "Super Tuesday: Clinton, Trump look to pull away from rivals"
CLINTON: The New York Times writes that Team Clinton is working on a plan to take Trump seriously -- and take him out. "That strategy is beginning to take shape, with groups that support Mrs. Clinton preparing to script and test ads that would portray Mr. Trump as a misogynist and an enemy to the working class whose brash temper would put the nation and the world in grave danger. The plan is for those themes to be amplified later by two prominent surrogates: To fight Mr. Trump’s ability to sway the news cycle, Mr. Clinton would not hold back on the stump, and President Obama has told allies he would gleefully portray Mr. Trump as incapable of handling the duties of the Oval Office.”
(By the way, Alex Seitz-Wald and Benjy Sarlin took a look at these same issues last week, here.)
Can she deal Sanders a fatal blow today? Alex Seitz-Wald takes a look.
The State Department released the final batch of her emails on the eve of Super Tuesday.
NBC's Shaquille Brewster reports on how Bill Clinton's presence is felt on stage and off during his wife's campaign.
CRUZ: It's judgment day for Ted Cruz, POLITICO writes.
SANDERS: No, Elizabeth Warren didn't endorse him, but a hoax article tried to make people think she did.
TRUMP: The irony of the GOP delegate system, according to the New York Times: "Hoping to avoid a repeat of the messy fight for the Republican nomination in 2012, the party drew up a calendar and delegate-selection rules intended to allow a front-runner to wrap things up quickly. Now, with Republicans voting in 11 states on Tuesday, the worst fears of the party’s establishment are coming true: Donald J. Trump could all but seal his path to the nomination in a case of unintended consequences for the party leadership, which vehemently opposes him."
From Jennifer Jacobs, writing for USA Today in Valdosta, GA: "About 30 black students who were standing silently at the top of the bleachers at Donald Trump’s rally here Monday night were escorted out by Secret Service agents who said the presidential candidate had requested their removal before he began speaking."
And a scuffle between a photographer and a member of Trump's Secret Service detail got violent. Here's what happened.
He says some of the details of his immigration plan are indeed "negotiable."