UPDATE: 11:05 p.m. EST — Donald Trump congratulated Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on his wins in Maine and Kansas Saturday night and called on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who had no wins on Saturday, to drop out of the presidential race. The Republican front-runner — who won in the Kentucky Republican caucus and the Louisiana primary — spoke about Saturday's results just before 11 p.m. after initially scheduling his press conference for 9 p.m. EST.
“I want to congratulate Ted,” Trump said Saturday. “He should do well in Maine because it’s very close to Canada, I mean let’s face it.”
Trump also emphasized the large voter turnout in Republican nominating contests, saying that he was bringing people in to the Republican Party. He said if establishment Republicans try to stop him from becoming the GOP's nominee by running a third-party candidate, as some have talked about doing, the party would lose to Hillary Clinton.
“What’s happening is a movement,” Trump said. “If I wasn't involved, it wouldn’t be happening.”
UPDATE: 9:24 p.m. EST — Hillary Clinton spoke to supporters in Michigan Saturday night after she won the Democratic primary in Louisiana and Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic caucuses in Kansas and Nebraska. She repeated many of the points about Michigan's recovering manufacturing industry and her ideas to help the middle class that she made during a jobs speech in Detroit on Friday, but also congratulated Sanders on his Saturday wins.
“We need to bring more people into our party, keep the enthusiasm of young voters,” Clinton said Saturday, adding that the Democratic Party needed to encourage voters to turn out in non-presidential election years so they could win more spots in Congress and prevent the gridlock President Barack Obama has seen during his term.
“The Republicans like to divide us ... You are proving when we work together, we can rise together,” Clinton continued. “I am thrilled we’re adding to our pledged delegate count, I’m greatful for everyone who turned out to support us, but now all eyes to turn to Michigan.”
UPDATE: 8:49 p.m. EST — As results came in from primary and caucus states Saturday night, NBC News was expected to broadcast presidential candidates reacting to the results in various states. You can watch that live-stream here.
UPDATE: 6:05 p.m. EST — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called for other Republican candidates to unite behind him and take on front-runner Donald Trump during his victory speech on Saturday evening. When he spoke, Cruz had won the Kansas caucuses and was leading in Maine.
“The scream you hear — the howl you hear from Washington, D.C. — is utter terror for what we the people are doing together. What we’re seeing is conservatives coming together,” Cruz told supporters at his rally and watch party in Idaho.
“If we want to beat Donald Trump, we have to stand united as one. That is happening in Idaho and across the country. If you are supporting someone else, we welcome you to our team,” Cruz said. “If we stand united that's how we win this primary thats how we win the general.”
UPDATE: 5:50 p.m. EST — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz spoke on Saturday evening after winning the Kansas caucuses. You can watch his speech live below.
As results were coming in from the scattered states voting in presidential primaries and caucuses Saturday, it was expected to be another big evening for Republican front-runner Donald Trump, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was out ahead leading in Kansas Saturday afternoon. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton was expected to do well in Louisiana, while the question was whether Bernie Sanders could pull out wins in the caucus states of Nebraska and Kansas.
Republicans caucused in Kansas, Kentucky and Maine and went to the polls in Louisiana. While none of the states holding nominating contests on Saturday hold very many delegates, wins over the weekend could help provide more momentum as the candidates from both parties head toward contests in much bigger states this week.
Trump was expected to hold a press conference Saturday night at 9 p.m. EST to discuss the results of the primaries and caucuses. His speech will be carried on C-SPAN as well as major news networks, and you can watch it here live when it begins.
Ahead of Saturday, the polling in most of the states holding nominating contests over the weekend was sparse, but Trump maintained his lead in national polls and had been ahead in Louisiana, Kentucky and Kansas before the weekend. Clinton was leading Sanders by nearly 40 points in Louisiana before Saturday and held a smaller lead in Kansas polling.
Because the candidates have big contests coming up in Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday and another round of important states voting March 15, the Democratic candidates had both been campaigning in those states ahead of Saturday. Clinton and Sanders both spent time in Michigan this week, where the former secretary of state unveiled her jobs plan and Sanders criticized her over previous support for trade agreements.
The various presidential candidates were spending Saturday campaigning in states around the country, but check back here for updates if others speak about the election results throughout the evening.