Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tightened their grips on the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations while Ted Cruz claimed two states, including Super Tuesday’s biggest prize: Texas.
Voters went to the polls in a dozen states Tuesday and so far have handed six wins to Clinton and five to Trump. Clinton took Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, while Trump won Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia.
Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s insurgent Democratic rival, captured his home state of Vermont and Oklahoma.
Cruz’s Texas and Oklahoma victories, meanwhile, were crucial wins that gave him a rationale to carry on in the race. He pointed to those triumphs, combined with his victory in the Iowa caucuses, as proof that only he can actually beat Trump and suggested that Marco Rubio and others who have not yet won a state to “prayerfully” consider exiting the race to unite the party.
“After tonight, we have seen that our campaign is the only campaign that has beaten, that can beat and that will beat Donald Trump,” Cruz said.
Trump’s Virginia win is especially disappointing to Rubio, who had hoped a win there would kick-start his effort to challenge the real estate mogul.