Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump added to their primary victories on Super Tuesday.
On Super Tuesday, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off, as GOP frontrunner Donald Trump continues his fight against Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson.
Democratic and Republican primaries are held Tuesday in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Alaska is also holding its Republican caucus while Colorado holds its Democratic caucus on Tuesday. In total, 865 Democratic delegates and 595 Republican delegates are up for grabs on Tuesday. Most of the polls are expected to be closed by 8 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Clinton heads into Super Tuesday in the lead against Sanders, after she has won three out of four Democratic contests so far in Nevada, South Carolina and Iowa. Trump has pulled way ahead in the GOP race, decisively winning in Nevada, South Carolina and New Hampshire, with an expected win Tuesday.
Here is a roundup of significant events, updated throughout the night.
Updated 9:05 p.m. PT:
Donald Trump has now won a total of seven states on Super Tuesday, adding Vermont to his tally late Tuesday night, according to the AP. The GOP candidate has pulled way ahead his opponents, with Ted Cruz still counting only two states and Marco Rubio only one.
7:25 p.m. PT:
Donald Trump has added his sixth win for Super Tuesday with Arkansas, the AP has reported. Trump is now way ahead of his GOP opponents. Ted Cruz counts two victories with Texas and Oklahoma, and Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson still have none.
5:55 p.m. PT:
Trump has been declared the winner in Virginia's Republican primary, bringing his total victories to five states.
5 p.m. PT:
The AP has reported that Trump can add Alabama, Massachusetts and Tennessee to his victories on Tuesday.
4:40 p.m. PT:
Trump has been declared the winner of Georgia's Republican primary on Super Tuesday, reported The Associated Press. This is his first victory of the day, beating out Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson in the southern state.
Updated 8:35 p.m. PT:
Hillary Clinton has won Massachusetts, bringing her total on Super Tuesday to seven states against Bernie Sanders' four (Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma and Vermont). Clinton has so far been dominating the southern states, also taking Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia.
6:05 p.m. PT:
Clinton was declared the Democratic winner in Texas, along with GOP candidate Ted Cruz, for his first win of the day.
5:35 p.m. PT:
Clinton has added Arkansas to her wins for a total of five states (Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia). Her opponent Bernie Sanders currently has won one, his home state of Vermont. Clinton tweeted out a heartfelt message, "A win especially close to Hillary’s heart," to her supporters in Arkansas, where her husband Bill was governor.
5:10 p.m. PT:
Clinton continues her sweep throughout the southern states, winning Alabama and Tennessee on Super Tuesday. Earlier today, Clinton was declared the winner in Georgia and Virginia, making her total victories four states against Bernie Sanders' one (Vermont).
Updated 8:30 p.m. PT:
Bernie Sanders is pulling ahead in the Democratic race on Super Tuesday, now winning a total of four states: Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma and Vermont, according to the AP. Hillary Clinton currently has won six states (Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia).
You win elections through a strong grassroots effort. Thank you, Oklahoma, Colorado, Minnesota and Vermont. pic.twitter.com/MpiCPzDcRK— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 2, 2016
8:15 p.m. PT:
Sanders has added Colorado to his list of victories on Super Tuesday, bringing his total count to three states (Colorado, Oklahoma, Vermont). Sanders tweeted about his victory Tuesday night, welcoming Colorado voters "to the political revolution."
Welcome to the political revolution, Colorado! https://t.co/PMpDVaBK7x— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 2, 2016
6:20 p.m. PT:
Sanders has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary in Oklahoma, The Associated Press reports. This is his second win of the day against Hillary Clinton, adding to his victory in his home state of Vermont.
8:35 p.m. PT:
GOP candidate Marco Rubio has taken Minnesota, his first win of Super Tuesday. So far, Donald Trump has dominated the Republican field on Tuesday with six states, with Ted Cruz coming in second with two. John Kasich and Ben Carson have yet to make a showing.
8:30 p.m. PT:
Bravo host Andy Cohen tweeted, "Our country is f—d" after retweeting the below post.
CNN: "Donald Trump wins 5 states!"— T. Kyle (@tkylemac) March 2, 2016
Other Hollywood names sound off about Tuesday night's results.
I've made a huge mistake https://t.co/0SmXvCM9Rm— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) March 2, 2016
I'm so sad seeing the popularity of Trump. Comforting fearful people with hateful ideology does not "unify" anything. Only love does that.— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) March 2, 2016
Trump just congratulated himself for how much courage it took for him to run for president. I guess if he didn't do it, no one would— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) March 2, 2016
a truly sick man https://t.co/uEcTsBcowS - time to wake up America— Rosie (@Rosie) March 2, 2016
7:35 p.m. PT:
For the most part, Donald Trump was gracious and humble while talking about his Super Tuesday victories. Still, he did take digs at Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio, but nothing compared to the harsh rhetoric from the past week on the campaign trail.
"Make America great again is going to be much better than making America 'whole’ again," he said, referring to Clinton's earlier remarks.
Sticking closely to his stump messages, Trump even took a few questions from reporters at the event, turning his victory speech into a press conference that he held in front of a gaudy presentation at his Palm Beach, Fla., headquarters.
Trump congratulated Ted Cruz on winning his home state of Texas. He then thanked his family and supporters.
Trump's podium is now up on stage. Here's where he'll be celebrating his Super Tuesday wins so far pic.twitter.com/Maw3Ms7FEI— Jill Colvin (@colvinj) March 2, 2016
7:42 p.m. PT:
"Twitter has a lot to say about governor Christie tonight," was among CNN's Anderson Cooper's first words after Donald Trump finished his victory speech/press conference.
When the former GOP presidential nominee took the podium at Trump headquarters to introduce the GOP frontrunner, Twitter quickly reacted with comments and screen grabs of Chris Christie.
He was the top trending item (above #SuperTuesday itself) at the time of this post.
"Blink twice if you're being held hostage," one user Tweeted with a photo of Christie flanking Trump on stage. While others wondered what was going on inside his head.
Did anyone else play all by myself in their heads looking at Christie's face next to Trump— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 2, 2016
Chris Christie is filming the most awkward proof of life video I've ever seen.— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) March 2, 2016
“So did Leia know Luke was her brother the entire time? That would be strange, right?” pic.twitter.com/sfiH3kdzBD— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) March 2, 2016
After telling the crowd that the Republican party needs to unite to "make sure that Hillary Clinton never gets back into the White House,” Christie referred to Trump as “a bold, tough and decisive leader.” He then called Trump to the stage as "the next president of the United States."
Updated 7:15 p.m. PT:
Ted Cruz spoke to his supporters in Stafford, Texas, on Tuesday night, after winning two states to Donald Trump's five. The GOP candidate focused on uniting the Republican party behind him, welcoming supporters of other candidates like Jeb Bush, who has dropped out, in order to come together and beat Trump for the Republican nomination.
"So long as the field remains divided, Donald Trump's path to the nomination remains more likely," said Cruz, "and that would be a disaster."
"We are the only campaign that has beaten Donald Trump once... twice... three times!" he added, calling the billionaire mogul "profane and vulgar."
6:10 p.m. PT:
Cruz has won Oklahoma and his home state of Texas in Tuesday's GOP primaries, according to The Associated Press. These are Cruz's first two victories of the day, with Donald Trump taking the rest of the states reporting so far.
As wins came pouring in for Donald Trump, much of the TV media coverage focused once again on how a Trump candidacy would dismantle the Republican party.
“This is a hostile takeover of the Republican party and they should have seen it coming,” observed Bret Baier, Fox News' chief political anchor. The network then cut to chief political correspondent Carl Cameron at the Trump headquarters at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., who likened the room for Trump's press conference to the Palace of Versailles, “with the chandeliers and the gilt.”
Around 9:15 p.m. ET when news networks began to project Oklahoma for Ted Cruz, the narrative shifted to the battle between Cruz and Rubio.
CNN’s John Kingg noted that “Cruz will be able to make the case mathematically” that Rubio should get out of the race.
“Let’s be honest,” said Fox News’ Baier, “There could be a push by Cruz for Marco Rubio to leave to race.”
“I think we can expect that,” his co-anchor Megyn Kelly replied.
Meanwhile, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was busy racking up delegates while Bernie Sanders made his Vermont victory speech at 7:30 p.m., which CNN’s Jake Tapper noted was awfully early in the evening for a victory speech. To which his colleague Dana Bash pointed out that it would likely be Sanders only chance to make such a speech this evening. >>Read More
6 p.m. PT:
After winning five states on Super Tuesday (and just before her win in Texas was announced), Hillary Clinton addressed her supporters in Miami, including a reference of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump's slogan of "Make America Great Again!"
"We know we’ve got work to do," Clinton said. "It's not to make America great again — America never stopped being great. We have to make America whole."
This country belongs to all of us—not just to those at the top. Not just to people who look one way, worship one way, or even think one way.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 2, 2016
"We know we’ve got work to do. It's not to make America great again—America never stopped being great. We have to make America whole."— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 2, 2016
"It’s clear that the stakes in this election have never been higher. And the rhetoric we’re hearing on the other side has never been lower."— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 2, 2016
4:45 p.m. PT:
Bernie Sanders took a shot at Donald Trump while giving an early evening victory speech in his home state.
"We cannot allow the Donald Trumps of the world to divide us up," he told a cheering crowd at Sanders' headquarters in Vermont. He continued, "When we bring our people together and stand up to the billionaire class and tell them — They can’t have it all. That our government belongs to all of us, not just the super-PACs and wealthy campaign contributors."
He also took aim at the Republican candidates in general when talking about climate change, saying they "think that climate change is a hoax. Well I believe that you don’t develop real public policy unless you listen to the science and the science is clear."
He then had a message for Hillary Clinton: "I know that Secretary Clinton and many of the establishment people think that I am looking and thinking too big — I don’t think so."
He exited to David Bowie's "Starman."
4 p.m. PT:
Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner in Georgia and Virginia, with Bernie Sanders taking his home state of Vermont, reported The Associated Press.
Clinton took to Twitter immediately to congratulate her team and supporters.
Sanders' campaign manager spoke to CNN after the three states were called on Tuesday, saying "we're going all the way to the convention," explaining that Sanders has no plans to back out of the race.
Seth Meyers, Jared Padalecki and The Voice all took to social media to have a little fun with Super Tuesday before the polls closed.