Super Tuesday: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the winners on a crucial day – as it happened

With all but one state reporting, the leading candidates in the respective parties came out on top.

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Here's what happened:

Winners:

  • Georgia: Hillary Clinton (Democrat); Donald Trump (Republican)
  • Vermont: Bernie Sanders (D); Trump (R)
  • Virginia: Clinton (D); Trump (R)
  • Alabama: Clinton (D); Trump (R)
  • Massachusetts: Clinton (D); Trump (R)
  • Oklahoma: Sanders (D); Ted Cruz (R)
  • Tennessee: Clinton (D); Trump (R)
  • Arkansas: Clinton (D); Trump (R)
  • Colorado: Sanders (D)
  • Minnesota: Sanders (D); Marco Rubio (R)
  • Texas: Clinton (D); Cruz (R)
  • Alaska: Republican winner not yet determined
  • American Samoa: Clinton (D)

Live Updates

Good morning, and welcome to our coverage of Super Tuesday, when 12 US states head to the polls to decide who they want running as their Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates.

Once today is over Trump and Clinton could be set for a showdown

The IndependentBy the end of what is called Super Tuesday, it could be all but over. If the polls are correct, current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump could be in an all but unassailable position in the battle to choose the party’s nomination for president. Hillary Clinton could find herself in a similarly dominant position for the Democrats.

Cruz implores voters to stay on-board - but evangelicals turn to Trump

The IndependentHis firebrand campaign close to a cliff edge, Senator Ted Cruz has rushed to protect his home flank, imploring a ballroom filled with several hundred supporters in South Dallas to stay at his side as his own state of Texas and 10 others vote on Super Tuesday, a vital milestone in the nomination race. 
Democratic contender Bernie Sanders may have been badly beaten in South Carolina, but he insists he still has a path to the White House
The 'Bernie Baby', Oliver Lomas, who was adored on social media after being pictured with Mr Sanders last month, has sadly died of sudden infant death syndrome.


Super Tuesday could prove decisive for Trump and Clinton

The IndependentSuper Tuesday, when a dozen states vote, is the biggest day of the primary season, with the largest single haul of convention delegates at stake. On this day the process of electing a president goes national. And this year it could effectively resolve both parties’ nomination battles.

A sweep or near-sweep by Donald Trump would make it close to impossible for any Republican rival to overtake him, barring a colossal bolt from the political blue. Much the same goes for Hillary Clinton in her straight fight with Bernie Sanders.
Rupert Cornwell in Washington explains why today is so important for both Mr Trump and Ms Clinton:

Why Super Tuesday is the single most important day of the US primary campaign

The IndependentSUPER TUESDAY  It’s taking place on March 1 – a Tuesday, naturally - and the presidential campaigns are sprinting towards it. A total of 14 states and territories in play, including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma,Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming. 
Our article on everything you need to know about Super Tuesday:
Democratic Party supporters living in New Zealand's capital Wellington turned up to a local bar to become the first in the world to cast Super Tuesday votes just after midnight local time.

At the Public Bar and Eatery, voters cast 28 ballots. Bernie Sanders picked up 21 votes and Hillary Clinton six. One ballot was spoiled.
Democrats are to vote in 11 states (and American Samoa) today, with 865 delegates up for grabs.

Republicans will vote in 11 states, with 595 delegates at stake.
Turnout is expected to be high as Democrats and Republicans go to the polls on Super Tuesday.

Worried about Donald Trump winning Super Tuesday? He still won't win the White House

The IndependentDespite his thumping wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency could easily be swiped by either of the remaining Democrats. A new poll from CNN released on Super Tuesday found that Hillary Clinton, who is ahead in the race, would have a tougher time getting to the White House if the Republican nominee was either Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has voted in his home town of Burlington on Super Tuesday as voters across 11 states rush to the polls to pick their nominee.

Mr Sanders said that if voter turn-out is high “we are going to do well. If not, we're probably going to be struggling.”

“This is a campaign that is going to the Philadelphia convention in July,” he added.

The Senator is lagging his rival Hillary Clinton in the race, but a new poll by CNN today found that either of the Democrats could easily swipe Donald Trump the top.

Mr Sanders displayed a good sense of humour to the press on Tuesday morning, joking that “Bernie Sanders here in Vermont got at least one vote. I was working on my wife,” referring to Jane. “We're feeling pretty good.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan has made a swipe at Republican Donald Trump, saying anyone who wants to be the Republican presidential nominee must denounce any racist group or individual.

Mr Ryan, who said he had tried not to speak about the debate before, made the comment as voters in 11 states head to the polls on Super Tuesday.

Mr Ryan said the GOP is the "party of President Abraham Lincoln" and "this party does not prey on people's prejudices," as reported by the AP.

He lambasted the current discourse in the GOP and said it was time to get back to focusing on how Republicans would solve the nation's problems.

Mr Ryan was the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012.
Minister Louis Farrakhan praised Donald Trump this week for refusing to accept donations from Jewish groups.

According to Politico, Farrakhan said that Trump “is the only member who has stood in front of the Jewish community and said 'I don’t want your money.'"

“Not that I’m for Mr Trump,” the minister said, stopping short of endorsing him, “but I like what I’m looking at.”

(Photo via Allison Shelley/Getty)
The New Hampshire paper that made headlines - literally - when it compared Donald Trump the evil villain Biff from Back to the Future has apologised to readers for endorsing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

The Union Leader publisher Joseph W. McQuaid wrote in an editorial that Mr Christie, who dropped out of the race a week after New Hampshire and endorsed his rival, failed to "stand up to the bully".

"Watching Christie kiss the Donald’s ring this weekend — and make excuses for the man Christie himself had said was unfit for the presidency — demonstrated how wrong we were," he wrote.
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Super Tuesday special: Donald Trump's first 100 minutes in office

The IndependentSuper Tuesday is upon us. It’s the day when a huge chunk of votes are cast for the US Presidential hopefuls and delegates selected in the race to become the next President of the United States. This is the day the selection process goes from crazy-golf to pro-course. And this year the course belongs to Donald J Trump. Crazy has gone pro. The Donald has repeatedly promised voters he’s going to “Make America Great Again” and he already leads in Republican delegates by a decent margin.
Remember how the US Secret Service slammed a TIME photographer to the ground at a Trump rally yesterday?

Now the US Secret Service is investigating ... itself.

"We are investigating the matter fully to find out what our employee did and what the other person did," Kevin Dye told Reuters.

Time magazine photographer Christopher Morris was thrown by an agent to the floor and Mr Morris kicked the agent from the floor.

In a statement published in Time, Morris said he had covered the White House for nine years without altercations with the Secret Service.

"The rules at Trump events are significantly stricter than other campaigns and make it very difficult to work as a photographer, as many others have pointed out before me," Mr Morris said. "I regret my role in the confrontation, but the agent's response was disproportionate and unnecessarily violent."

The confrontation does little to assure Mr Trump's voters that he is not encouraging physical confrontation at his rallies.

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On Tuesday, the residents of 12 US states - Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma,Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia – along with American Samoa and Democratic voters living abroad, cast their vote in the primary election. Results for Wyoming's Republican caucuses will also be completed by the end of Super Tuesday, with counties having caucused in the weeks preceding the day itself.

A poll published on Monday morning put Mr Trump on 49 points nationally, ahead of all his rivals combined, the Democratic contest sits at 55-38 in favour of Ms Clinton.

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