Hillary Clinton won primaries in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, the night's most contested prize, as her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, struggled to get the boost he needed to try to close the gap in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Clinton also won a close contest in Illinois and was holding an extremely small margin in Missouri, with nearly all the votes counted. With those contests so close, neither candidate will gain a significant edge from them in the race for delegates to the Democratic nominating convention this summer. Clinton's three big victories, by contrast, will give her a major gain.
“We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November,” Clinton told supporters here. She quickly moved to an attack on the Republican she expects to face in that election, Donald Trump, whom she accused of offering “bluster and bigotry.”
At the beginning of the month, Bernie Sanders focused on winning a few targeted states, ceding large swaths of the country to Hillary Clinton.
The strategy allowed Clinton to rack up big margins in Southern states and build a lead in delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination.
So on Tuesday, with five states in play, the Sanders campaign spread its resources more broadly in hopes of scooping up as many delegates as possible.
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It's unlikely that anybody is going to achieve enough delegates to avoid a convention, and for those who worry about a convention, it'll be right in the open. I mean, there's no closed rooms.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaking in the suburbs of Philadelphia on Wednesday. Kasich bested Donald Trump in Ohio's primary on Tuesday and has vowed to take his campaign to the GOP convention this summer.
Now that Marco Rubio has dropped out of the presidential race, his supporters have ended a legal effort to keep Ohio Gov. John Kasich off the ballot next month in neighboring Pennsylvania.
Presidential candidates must submit 2,000 voter signatures to get on the state's April 26 primary ballot. Kasich’s petitions had 2,184 signatures — but at least 192 of those weren’t valid, both sides agreed.
Attorney Larry Otter, representing the Kasich campaign, initially argued that the protest filed by Rubio supporters shouldn’t count.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold razor-thin leads in Missouri, and final results in the state's presidential primary elections probably won’t come before Friday -- the deadline for the state to receive and count absentee ballots
While the final results may matter for bragging rights, they may have little impact on delegate allocation.
According to the latest totals, Clinton is leading Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Missouri, 49.6% to 49.4%, with the two candidates dividing the state's delegates evenly. Slight movement in the final results is unlikely to change the delegate totals.
California Republicans are about to experience an event many of them have never seen: a primary that could truly determine a presidential nomination.
Because Donald Trump lost Ohio’s primary on Tuesday night, ceding the state’s 66 delegates to its governor, John Kasich, the race to get the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination seems unlikely to be settled before California votes on June 7.
Barring another big shift in the race, such as a decision by one of the three remaining candidates to drop out, the contest for California will be critical to the outcome.
Corey Lewandowski will be working double time for Donald Trump at this summer's Republican National Convention.
Lewandowski, the billionaire businessman's campaign manager, is on a list of 11 delegates and 11 alternates from New Hampshire submitted by the campaign for the GOP convention, according to a spokesperson for the secretary of state's office.
It's rare for a campaign to dispatch paid staffers as delegates, but Lewandowski, a resident of the Granite State, is set to serve as both.
Get Carol Roszka talking about why she does not want Hillary Clinton in the White House, and it is hard to get her to stop. Roszka vents about how Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi attacks in Libya was disgraceful, her feminism is phony and her ambition is off-putting.
“She wants to be elected at all costs,” said Roszka, a 63-year-old from suburban Detroit who often votes Republican, as she did in last week’s Michigan primary.
Yet Roszka says when she votes in November, it will very likely be for Clinton.
The endorsement came a day late, but it could be beneficial in the fall.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who had sat on the sidelines before his state's primary Tuesday, endorsed GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Wednesday after the billionaire businessman swept Florida's winner-take-all contest.
"I’m asking all Republicans today to come together and begin preparing to win the general election in November,” Scott wrote on Facebook.