Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the big winners the morning after Super Tuesday, each of them taking seven of the 13 states in play and adding to their leads.
On a day with the largest delegate total of this election season, Trump now has 285 delegates to 161 for Ted Cruz and 87 for Marco Rubio. In the Democratic race, Clinton has now won 543 delegates to Sanders’ 349.
Clinton racked up early wins in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Arkansas and Texas, but the close race in Massachusetts wasn’t decided until late Tuesday. Clinton edged Sanders by less than 2 percentage points.
“Sanders carried the western part of the state, many rural areas, the Cape and the Islands, but Clinton beat him in the cities, including Boston and most of its suburbs.
Republicans handed Rubio his only victory in any state so far this campaign season. He’d been fighting for traction since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses a month ago. Rubio made a big, late push in Minnesota as he struggled to stay relevant in the Republican candidate mix with businessman Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. That included a rally Tuesday afternoon in Anoka County where he ripped Trump as a “con artist” unfit to be president.
Cruz ended up second. Trump, who came out on top in most of the GOP Super Tuesday states, landed in third place in Minnesota.