Voters cast their ballots in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.
Donald Trump faces one of his toughest contests yet on Tuesday, with some of the biggest primaries of election season being held in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina, where a total of 358 delegates are at stake. He and his opponents Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio will face off against John Kasich in his home state of Ohio, where he claims to have a big lead.
For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is currently in the lead, but Bernie Sanders isn't far behind, especially after his big win in Michigan last week. Tuesday is a big day for the Democrats, with a total of 691 delegates at stake.
Here is a roundup of significant events, updated throughout the day.
Updated 11 p.m. PT:
Donald Trump has taken home his third and fourth wins of Super Tuesday Part 3 with North Carolina and Missouri. He now stands with four states against John Kasich's one (Ohio).
6:50 p.m. PT:
Trump has taken his second state of the day with a win in Illinois, just days after he canceled his rally in Chicago due to security concerns after a police presence was called to keep apart Trump supporters and protesters.
@TheRyanParker) March 16, 2016
4:20 p.m. PT:
In the first race call of the day, Trump has been projected to be the winner of Florida, Marco Rubio's home state, where 99 delegates were at stake in the southern state.
@TheRyanParker) March 16, 2016
@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2016
Updated 10:05 p.m. PT:
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has swept all five races on Tuesday, beating Bernie Sanders in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. The Missouri contest was the last one to call, as Clinton and Sanders were so close in that state's primary, and several news outlets declared it a "virtual tie."
Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri: We did it. And together, we're going to win this nomination. pic.twitter.com/6uPW4X3RUJ— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 16, 2016
9:30 p.m. PT:
Clinton claims her fourth win of the day in Illinois.
Love you back, Illinois. pic.twitter.com/mTmxFfA1lA— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 16, 2016
5:40 p.m. PT:
Clinton has added Ohio to her list of wins on Tuesday, reports The Associated Press, which now also includes Florida and North Carolina. Clinton now boasts three out of the three states in contention in Super Tuesday Part 3, with Illinois and Missouri still too close to call.
@TheRyanParker) March 16, 2016
5:22 p.m. PT:
Clinton has added her second win of the day with North Carolina, multiple news outlets project.
The results are in: We won North Carolina! pic.twitter.com/YNRvrVdebC— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 16, 2016
5:05 p.m. PT:
Clinton has defeated Bernie Sanders in Florida, in her first victory of the day. Primaries in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina have yet to be called. The Democratic contests in Illinois and Missouri have been deemed still too close to call.
@TheRyanParker) March 16, 2016
This is big. We just won Florida! pic.twitter.com/JTnaDc6O9V— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 16, 2016
7:33 p.m. PT:
Hillary Clinton won three states on Super Tuesday Part 3 (Ohio, North Carolina and Florida), but instead of focusing on her success, TV's male pundits instead focused on her facial expressions.
Twitter took issue to pundits like Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough, who tweeted Tuesday night: "Smile. You just had a big night." Twitter users immediately took to the platform to fight back against Scarborough and other pundits who chose to comment on her facial expressions instead of her victory speech, noting that nobody would make that comment about a male candidate.
The tweet was especially relevant this week as Clinton prepares to make her appearance on Comedy Central's Broad City, a show that famously made a joke (and very popular GIF) out of the idea of men telling women they should smile more.
Below are some of the responses to pundits' comments about Clinton's smile.
@BklynMiddleton) March 16, 2016
Hillary Clinton being told by male pundits to "smile" and use a different tone of voice is happening.— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) March 16, 2016
The smile police are out in force tonight telling Hillary how to conduct her facial muscles. pic.twitter.com/jhDsWd32Hb— Heather Dawn (@Revisedangel) March 16, 2016
@marybschneider) March 16, 2016
Honestly, men, enough with the "Hillary should stop yelling" and "smile more" comments. Stop.— Michael Crispino (@MJCrispino) March 16, 2016
7:26 p.m. PT:
Donald Trump took a few digs at the media, but was also complimentary to Sen. Marco Rubio during his victory speech Tuesday night.
Trump began the speech by thanking some networks that had released favorable polls and then criticized an unnamed reporter for not giving his wins enough credit. The reporter in question was likely Megyn Kelly of Fox News, who Trump had been critical of over social media earlier in the night.
Trump invited his staff and family members to the stage as he spoke.
Trump congratulated Rubio; the senator dropped out of the race earlier in the evening after losing Florida. "He's tough and smart. He's got a great future."
Before leaving the stage, Trump took one more swing at the media, calling journalists covering his speech “some really disgusting people back there." He took no questions.
Trump’s victory speech has ended. No major, outlandish statements or product placement. No questions taken. pic.twitter.com/JVrtkoCshd— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) March 16, 2016
6:45 p.m. PT:
In anticipation of Trump's victory speech, the news networks skipped Bernie Sanders' primary night speech.
CNN, MSNBC and Fox News failed to cutaway to the candidate as they remained standing by for Trump, who was readying to speak from Palm Beach, Fla.
Sanders' official Twitter account shared posts from ABC News Politics and NBC News, which carried links to view his speech live.
@ABCPolitics) March 16, 2016
5:50 p.m. PT:
John Kasich has won his home state of Ohio, marking his first win of the presidential nomination contest.
Grabbing all 66 delegates in the primary, the win could stall Trump's dash to the GOP nomination.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is taking over Trump's hosting role on The Apprentice, has campaigned for the Ohio governor all week, posting on social media accounts and telling Kasich supporters to "get to the polls!" — a play on his iconic movie phrase "get to the chopper!"
5:30 p.m. PT:
Marco Rubio has suspended his presidential campaign.
After losing his homestate of Florida to Trump, Rubio began his speech by congratulating his competitor, which solicited rounds of "boos."
"It was a big win," he acknowledged before thanking his supporters. "There's nothing more you could have done."
Forced to pause as supporters chanted his name, Rubio said, in a nod to Trump's rallies, "Don't worry, you won't get beat up at our event."
Rubio then continued to deliver a pointed message.
"America’s in the middle of real political storm, a real tsunami, and we should have seen this coming." From a political standpoint, Rubio said the easiest thing to do is to jump on peoples' frustrations and make them angry, "but I chose a different route."
He continued, "In a year like this, that would have been the easy way to win, but that's not what's best for America."
Preying on fear, anger and frustrations "will leave us as a fractured nation, where people literally hate each other because they have different political opinions," he said.
"The fact that I’ve even come this far is evidence of how special America really is," he said. "I ask the American people: Do not give into the fear, do not give into the frustration."
"We are a hopeful people and we have every right to be hopeful."
5:15 p.m. PT:
Instead of celebrating a huge primary win, Trump was busy taking shots at Fox News' Megyn Kelly.
Trump began the bombardment by retweeting some of his followers who were critical of the host before he personally went into attack mode. "Can't watch Crazy Megyn anymore," he tweeted.
Trump has had Kelly in his crosshairs since the first GOP Fox News debate when the billionaire businessman felt he was being targeted by an allegedly biased Kelly.
Can't watch Crazy Megyn anymore. Talks about me at 43% but never mentions that there are four people in race. With two people, big & over!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2016
Watching other networks and local news. Really good night! Crazy @megynkelly is unwatchable.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2016
It is going to be another important primary election night for both the Republicans and the Democrats, as voters cast their ballots in five states: Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina.
All the major news networks will be covering the elections. Most have had reporters at polling locations throughout the day trying to talk to voters.
Here are the things to watch out for:
Donald Trump's Night to Win or Lose
Donald Trump is leading in most polls. However, Ohio's John Kasich has a slight lead in his state, some polls show. Should Trump win Florida and Ohio, it would be considered a major dent in the campaigns of Sen. Marco Rubio and Kasich, who would lose their home states. Those two states are winner-take-all, delegate wise. Trump is set to hold a media conference at Mar-A-Lago club in Palm Beach later in the evening.
Schwarzenegger Flexing his Muscle
Movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was making robo-calls and all over social media on Tuesday, backing his candidate, John Kasich. Schwarzenegger, who will soon take over Trump's role as the host of The Apprentice, told Kasich supporters to "get to the polls!" a play on his iconic movie phrase "get to the chopper!"
Clinton and Sanders
Hillary Clinton is leading in delegates, but Sanders had a major, somewhat surprising victory in Michigan last week. Clinton is ahead in most polls, except for Missouri where Sanders has a slight lead, according to polls.