UPDATE: 9:53 p.m. EST -- Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the Mississippi Democratic primary Tuesday night, the Associated Press reported. The former secretary of state won the African-American vote over rival Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders 89 percent to 11 percent, according to CNN. Clinton spoke in Cleveland shortly after her victory was announced.
"America belongs to all of us," Clinton said. "I want to be the president for the struggling and the striving. … America is great. We don’t have to make it great."
Clinton talked about the ordinary people who support her campaign, and aimed at appealing to voters in Ohio, which holds its primary election next Tuesday.
“I want you to know that if you work for me in this next week, as we move through this week of travel and door-knocking and phone calling, if you work for me, and if you vote for me, I will work my heart out for you,” Clinton said.
UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. EST -- After clinching wins Tuesday night in the Michigan and Mississippi Republican primaries, GOP candidate Donald Trump expressed confidence he would do well in Florida, calling the Sunshine State his second home, as well as in Ohio next week, and said he could beat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in a general election, calling her a "flawed candidate."
"The turnout has been just massive, every week ... no matter where you go, it's records. I think it's the single biggest story in politics today," Trump said of voter turnout. The businessman briefly blasted his rival candidate, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who finished second in Mississippi, referring to him as "Lyin' Ted."
"Lyin' Ted. He holds the Bible high. Then he puts the Bible down, and goes on lying," Trump said.
Trump said he was a winner, a "unifer" and a successful business owner during the news conference at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. Displayed at the news conference were Trump Steaks, Trump Wine and Trump Water. Former New York Yankees player Paul O'Neill, a Trump supporter, was in the crowd.
"There's only one person who did well tonight. Donald Trump," Trump said.
Voters in a handful of states across the United States headed to the polls Tuesday as Americans cast their ballots in a number of primary elections and caucuses. Heading into Tuesday’s elections, Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton were positioned to perform well.
Tuesday night marked Hawaii’s Republican caucuses, Idaho’s Republican primary elections and both Democratic and Republican primary contests in Michigan and Mississippi. The stakes were high Tuesday with a large chunk of delegates up for grabs, and recent polls showed Clinton and Trump leading their respective fields, according to the Washington Post. In Michigan, Democratic candidates were vying for 130 available delegates, while GOP candidates competed for 59.
For Mississippi’s primary elections, Democratic contenders battled for 36 available delegates, while GOP candidates competed for 40. Republican candidates battled for 19 available delegates in Hawaii’s caucuses — where Trump was in the lead — and for 32 delegates in Idaho, another state Trump was predicted to do well in.
Trump was scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday night in Jupiter, Florida, while Clinton was expected to appear at a rally in Cleveland. Check back here for updates if others speak about the election results throughout the evening.
Clinton and Trump both collected delegates on March 1, also known as Super Tuesday, with each winning a majority of the nominating contests. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders performed well during Saturday night’s elections, securing two wins from the Democrats’ three nominating contests. However, it will likely not be enough for him to catch up to Clinton. Meanwhile, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won in Kansas and Maine Saturday, while Trump won in Louisiana and Kentucky, making Trump slightly more vulnerable to an upset from Cruz.
“I think what it represents is Republicans coalescing, saying it would be a disaster for Donald Trump to be our nominee, and we’re going to stand behind the strongest conservative in the race,” Cruz told reporters in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the New York Times reported.
Following Tuesday night’s elections, Washington, D.C.’s Republican primary is scheduled for Saturday along with Wyoming’s Republican convention.