First Read's Morning Clips: Super Tuesday Looms

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People cast their votes at the Forrest Middle School polling precinct on Feb. 20, 2016 in Walterboro, S.C. Statewide voters cast ballots today in the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary, the "first in the south."Mark Makela / Getty Images

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OFF TO THE RACES: Trump ahead in GA, TN; Cruz leading in TX

Our new NBC/WSJ/Marist polls out yesterday showed leads for Trump and Clinton in Tennessee and Georgia, but Ted Cruz still led in his home state of Texas.

The Washington Post's big take: "The implosion over Donald Trump’s candidacy that Republicans had hoped to avoid arrived so virulently this weekend that many party leaders vowed never to back the billionaire and openly questioned whether the GOP could come together this election year."

The Wall Street Journal: "To slow down the New York billionaire, one or two of the three remaining top candidates must abandon their quest. Yet, none seem willing to do so because each sees an advantage in the primary calendar that is tantalizingly close."

From the Associated Press: "The final-days sprint to Super Tuesday has erupted into a feud over a white supremacist as Donald Trump's Republican rivals scramble to stop the billionaire businessman from becoming an "unstoppable" force in the 2016 presidential contest."

And from the New York Times: "The acidity coming from Mr. Rubio these days, and the gleefully savage way Mr. Trump has responded, have sent an already surreal presidential campaign lurching into the gutter with taunts over perspiration, urination and self-tanner.

RUBIO: Rubio's latest attack on Trump? He's got "small hands."

POLITICO notes that he's playing for the suburbs to stay in the game

SANDERS: He's aiming to raise $40 million in February.

NPR's Domenico Montanaro did the math on how Sanders could do well -- or very badly -- tomorrow.

TRUMP: He got the endorsement of top Senate conservative and immigration reform foe Jeff Sessions.

On Sunday, he wavered over whether to disavow David Duke, saying "I don't know anything about" the former Klan leader.

The Washington Post reports that Trump's father was arrested after a KKK riot in Queens, although it's not clear what his role was in the fight.

In the Arizona Senate race, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick is up with a TV ad tying Trump to John McCain.

Those anti-Trump University attack ads check out, according to the Washington Post Fact Checker.

And there's this: "Former CIA director Michael Hayden believes there is a legitimate possibility that the U.S. military would refuse to follow orders given by Donald Trump if the Republican front-runner becomes president and decides to make good on certain campaign pledges."

Nebraska GOP Sen. Ben Sasse says he'll opt for a third candidate if Trump gets the nod.

KASICH: From the New York Times: "Several senior Republicans, including Mitt Romney, have been in touch with Mr. Kasich to ascertain whether he would be inclined to back down so the party could unify behind a non-Trump candidate. But Mr. Kasich has been immovable, and his advisers have told potential supporters that they believe he can overcome Mr. Trump in an open convention."

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