Republican voters have spoken yet again tonight, with five of the big states in the US casting their ballots.
Donald Trump has been confirmed as the winner in three of those states – Florida, Illinois and North Carolina – and holds a slight lead in Missouri (although he has been narrowly beaten in Ohio).
And one chart captures why he won tonight, why he has won the majority of the thirty states to vote so far, and why he will almost certainly be the Republican nominee.
By around two-to-one, Republican voters support Trump’s once-widely-ridiculed plan to introduce a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US, and at least half of these voters backed him today (with the other half split between multiple candidates).
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
In Florida – where he has beaten Marco Rubio, the one-time favourite for the Republican nomination as recently as five weeks ago – as many as three-in-five of the voters that support banning Muslims voted for him.
Among those who don’t support the policy, Rubio beat Trump handily.
But those voters only made up a fraction of Floridians. Most Republican primary voters in the state, and in the other four states that voted today, support Trump’s plan.
Rubio is in the wrong party. While the Florida senator was one of the most conservative candidates to run for the presidency in the modern era, his attitude towards Islam wasn’t stringent enough for his party’s supporters.
And that means Rubio won just two contests: Minnesota and Washington D.C, the same places Walter Mondale won when he was obliterated by Ronald Reagan in the 1984 general election (Rubio also won the ‘52nd state’ of Puerto Rico).
As Rubio said himself tonight, he has been on the wrong side of ‘a political tsunami’, a Trump-led tsunami which has rejected the rights of Mexicans, Muslims and most migrants to live, work and reside in the United States.Reuse content