Live Blog Mega Tuesday: North Carolina, Florida and Ohio called for Hillary and Florida Called Trump! Rubio Quits!

11897ef54d36fd78b5a7c5d6762a95c4Good Evening!

We continue our live discussion on the the returns from some of the biggest states’ primaries.  We’re still waiting on Ohio (R), Missouri, North Carolina (R) and Illinois.

Rubio is shellacked in Florida then quits! Top Conservatives are in an uproar and–according to Politico–are looking for alternatives to the Republican front runner.

Three influential leaders of the conservative movement have summoned other top conservatives for a closed-door meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C., to talk about how to stop Donald Trump and, should he become the Republican nominee, how to run a third-party “true conservative” challenger in the fall.

The organizers of the meeting include Bill Wichterman, who was President George W. Bush’s liaison to the conservative movement; Bob Fischer, a South Dakota businessman and longtime conservative convener; and Erick Erickson, the outspoken Trump opponent and conservative activist who founded

This is basically the same group of people that turned the Republican Party into the dream base for that kind of candidate. WTF did they expect?  So, Rubio just quit.  Kasich Ides-of-March-appears to be alive in Ohio but that doesn’t really mean much.

“We will still be rich, and we will still be powerful, but we will not be special,” Rubio added after conceding, citing the legacy of Pilgrims, enslaved people and immigrants as key to an American common culture. The question now is where our common culture will head after the divisions of this election. Will the fault lines that have riven the electorate be healed by any one leader from any one party? On top of that, Rubio’s concession speech raises the question we’ve mused about occasionally here at FiveThirtyEight: whether there could even be a split in the Republican Party. People from many other nations are used to multiparty coalition governments. It’s clear we have more political wings of the electorate in America today than we have parties, but our system is hard-wired — for now — to remain firmly two-party.

No wonder this is being called Mega Tuesday!

For Donald Trump’s Republican rivals, it could be their last chance to stop his march toward the nomination, as the first winner-take-all states begin to vote. Florida Sen. red-ceramic-popcorn-bowls78122Marco Rubio is trying to topple Trump in Rubio’s home state; a loss would likely prove fatal for Rubio’s campaign. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is trying to fend Trump off on his home turf, with seemingly more success. Meanwhile, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz hopes he can grow his share of delegates and continue to make the argument he’s the only candidate who can catch Trump.

On the Democratic side, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders hopes his surprise win last week in Michigan means he can make inroads with other Rust Belt voters in Ohio, Illinois and elsewhere. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would like to blunt Sanders’ newfound momentum and notch wins in the Midwest.

Coming close no longer cuts it on Tuesday, at least for Republicans. The biggest prizes of the night, Florida and Ohio, are winner-take-all contests. For Republicans in the rest of the states and Democrats in all their contests, delegates will still be awarded proportionally.

And they just called Ohio for Hillary!!!!!



Hillary is about to speak!!!




175 Comments on “Live Blog Mega Tuesday: North Carolina, Florida and Ohio called for Hillary and Florida Called Trump! Rubio Quits!”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!

    • Fannie says:

      Fantastic, omg…………….YES, what we have here is the First woman to win the road to the White House. We have cracked the ceiling like never before. At midnight, I will relax, and hope to help Hillary with voters, with donations, with all the love, and all the luck on this here St. Patrick’s day! Let’s help her eliminate Trumpy 2016, we have the key to the HIGHWAY, and together we will make her the president of the United States.

  2. dakinikat says:

    Ohio called for Kasich!!!

  3. mablue2 says:

    All 3 HRC wins so far look like blowouts.

  4. ANonOMouse says:

    Marco Rubio dropped out because he was thirsty.

    • gregoryp says:

      This needs to be the beginning with that guy. Florida voters need to recall his dumb non-working ass and kick him to the curb. Along with Cruz he is quite possibly the worst Senator that has ever been at least in my lifetime. Just another lazy ass pretty boy with no ability, no ideas and no ethics. The fact that this imbecile thinks he can/should be President of the USA is pretty damning towards our country.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Hillary is fired up!

  6. Pat Johnson says:

    Madam President!!!

  7. dakinikat says:

    “More good jobs in infrastructure, more good jobs in manufacturing, more good jobs in small businesses.” — Clinton

  8. dakinikat says:

    Hillary says “equal pay for equal work for women,” and all of our vaginas just got so wet. Especially Evan’s.

  9. dakinikat says:

    The Democratic Party WILL have our FIRST WOMAN nominee. #PrimaryDay #Hillary #ImWithHer

  10. dakinikat says:

    Joy Reid ‏@JoyAnnReid 4m4 minutes ago
    As much as they’ve bcome too numerous, I think Hillary Clinton wound up doing herself a lot of good with her OH town hall performance Sunday

  11. dakinikat says:

    Can you make positive differences in people’s lives? Can you keep us safe? Can you bring us together again?”:

  12. dakinikat says:

    “This may be one of the most consequential campaigns of our lifetimes”: @HillaryClinton #Hillary2016

  13. bostonboomer says:

    That was a great speech.

  14. bostonboomer says:

    Bernie outspent Hillary in every one of these states.

    • Fannie says:

      He did. He might just get Missouri. I don’t know they are saying it’s not a clean sweep.

      • bostonboomer says:

        He’s ahead in MO right now, but it doesn’t matter. He’ll never catch up now. She is going to be more than 300 pledged delegates ahead of him after tonight. Maybe even more.

  15. bostonboomer says:


  16. bostonboomer says:

    Isn’t it great that so many of us have been blogging together since early 2008 and we’re still talking to each other? We finally got our wish.

  17. purplefinn says:

    “We finally got our wish.” Couldn’t have asked for more!

  18. Ron4Hills says:

    She deserves a night like this.

    People that say she is “entitled” have it so backward. NOBODY works harder than Hills.

    I am so thirrlled. I hope she is able to complete the sweep.

  19. mablue2 says:

    Please please somebody get Kasich off the TV. Jesus H!

  20. Sweet Sue says:


  21. dakinikat says:

    Illinois called for Strump!

  22. William says:

    Great win of Ohio. Glad that my concern about the crossovers was misplaced. The margin so far in OH is amazing. Put Sherrod Brown on the ticket, and we might win the general election by around 60-40%. I thought she and he together at the Ohio rally was very inspiring. She nade an excellent speech tonight, as she always does. I sent her more money earlier today. Very exciting night, even if we lose Missouri, as looks to be the likelihood.

  23. dakinikat says:

    Trump Cruz still close for Missouri. Still close for Dems in Missouri and Illinois.

  24. bostonboomer says:


  25. polculture says:

    It might still run on tape delay, but as it stands MSNBC, CNN, and FOX all declined to carry Bernie Sanders’ speech tonight.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Really? He gave a speech? Why?

      • polculture says:

        I don’t know why they they didn’t cover Sanders’ speech, although I can hope. NBC’s Mark Murray was retweeting bits from it from a correspondent. It was just the same old crap: Goldman-Sachs, transcripts, and so forth. I gather the only channel that carried it was C-SPAN.

      • NW Luna says:

        So he could yell and shake his finger again about how it’s all the untrustworthiness of that smart, intelligent, experienced candidate who several million people tonight trusted with their vote.

        • bostonboomer says:

          As a Midwesterner by birth, I believe one reason Bernie lost so big in Ohio was his negative campaigning. People out there like nice better than nasty.

  26. bostonboomer says:


  27. Aran says:

    I rejoiced with my Ohioan former college roommate tonight who crossed over to support Kasich. Trump’s speech was again all about him and his wins. He has to be defeated and kicked back to tower. The world doesn’t understand such an egotist to the millionth degree and may hate him already. Americans deserve better than this billionaire.

  28. bostonboomer says:


    • joanelle says:

      Women sometimes think they have to play like the boyz they are itch, unfortunately, she was with a shouter. But she didn’t shaker her finger and point. 😏

  29. bostonboomer says:


  30. It’s interesting that the 3% spread in MO accounts for only 9,000 votes. So there are only 300,000 dem voters in MO?

  31. Valhalla says:

    I had to step away. Did I miss anything? Looks like MO and IL are still too close to call. Boy but the GOP boys do go on. Trump’s speech went on for about 8 hours. And now Cruz is putting even his own audience to sleep. No sign of wrapping up.

  32. bostonboomer says:


    • bostonboomer says:

      We need to keep mocking the media like this.

      • Valhalla says:

        We really do, if only for the laughs. The kickback on Morning Joe’s comment about her voice was hilarious.

        I’m giving myself a full day to revel in the misery of the berniebots online, then try to follow Hillary’s lead and be nice to his disappointed supporters.

  33. NW Luna says:

    Speaking of mocking the media, the Guardian had this egg-on-our-faces paragraph still up:

    All this [Republican]tomfoolery is thought to be unpleasant for the Hillary Clinton campaign, by the way, which fears losing Ohio to Bernie Sanders despite robust (lol Michigan) polling leads.

    Gotta eat your words tonight!

  34. William says:

    CNN spends the vast majority of its coverage talking about Trump and the Republicans. The Republican primary numbers keep exceeding the Democratic turnouts,which is some concern. But I think that plenty of Democrats will come out to stop Trump. However, the fact that Trump is all the media talks about, is part of the problem.

    Other than that, a wonderful night, even if we lose the last two; and Illinois seems very positive.

  35. roofingbird says:

    Lost my internet for a minute. IL reporting 86.4% Clinton 50.7%, Sanders 48.5%

  36. roofingbird says:

    MO 92.7% Sanders 50.3%, Clinton 48.6%, Trump 41.2%, Cruz 40.9% Still no wins.

  37. ““We’re now entering a period where we think we’ll win most if not all of the contests before the April 19 primary in New York,” said Tad Devine, a senior adviser to Mr. Sanders.”

    Absolutely delusional!

  38. roofingbird says:

    MO 94.4% reporting Sanders 49.9%, Clinton 49%!?! Trump 41.2%, Cruz 40.8% with 92.8% reporting.

  39. NW Luna says:

    “Claims”? “Refused to call on Sanders to exit”? WTF is with these reporters — they are frankly making up excuses for their bias. Fortunately the voters are listening to Hillary, not the media.

    Clinton claims ‘very strong lead’

    After Clinton’s string of victories on Tuesday, her campaign said her lead would be “very hard to overtake” but stopped short of saying it was insurmountable. The campaign also refused to call on Sanders to exit the race, writes the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino:

    “It is not up to us when the Democratic primary ends,” Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director, told reporters after Clinton’s speech in Florida. “But we believe that it is a very strong lead, twice the size of any lead Senator Obama had as a candidate over then Senator Clinton.”

  40. Valhalla says:

    Cnn calls IL for Clinton!

  41. roofingbird says:

    MO 97.5% reporting Trump 41%, Cruz 40.7%, Sanders 49.7%, Clinton 49.3%. 2200 votes !?!

  42. NW Luna says:

    What a world of difference. Hillary, in her victory speech in Florida, thanks Sen Sanders for his “vigorous campaign” and the crowd cheers. Contrast that with the Bernie crowd who booed and hissed at Sanders’ mention of Hillary.

    I love this woman’s kindness and compassion.

  43. roofingbird says:

    MO 98.8% reporting Clinton 49.6%, Sanders 49.4%………………………….

  44. According the the NYT Hillary pulls ahead in MO with 99% reporting!

  45. roofingbird says:

    They still haven’t called MO for Trump@ 41% vs Cruz 40.7% and 97.5% reporting/

  46. roofingbird says:

    Buchanan is 96.3% reporting,but they can’t make the difference by themselves. Jackson Co is just under 90% and contains Kansas City. She is ahead there 53.4% vs 45.8%

  47. roofingbird says:

    99.2% Clinton 49.6%, Sanders 49.4%

  48. roofingbird says:

    Geez, Trump 40.9% vs Cruz 40.7%

  49. roofingbird says:

    Jackson Co 100% Clinton won! It looks like I missed Cass Co under 98%.

  50. roofingbird says:

    99.9% I think she is going to pull it out.

  51. NW Luna says:

    MO — Hillary ahead! Trending up!

    bites fingernails/

  52. NW Luna says:

    Grand slam, grand slam, grand slam, come onnnnnn baby……

  53. roofingbird says:

    100% reporting but they haven’t called it yet.

  54. NW Luna says:

    …the Democratic contest now looks like a foregone conclusion. Mrs. Clinton significantly added to her delegate lead with a 30-plus-point win in Florida and a comfortable margin of victory in North Carolina and Ohio.

    It is difficult to overstate the importance of Mrs. Clinton’s huge win in Florida, the country’s third-largest state. It’s too early to say what her exact delegate margin will be, but it could come very close to surpassing the delegate margins from all of Bernie Sanders’s wins, combined.

  55. The. Best. Election. Night. of. my. Life!!!!!!!!!!

  56. NW Luna says:

    ‘Nite all! Sweet, sweet, sweet dreams of victory!

  57. roofingbird says:

    Now they are talking about CA being an issue.

  58. Valhalla says:

    Congratulation Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, Senator from the Great State of New York, Secretary of State and Next President of these United States!!!

    I can’t WAIT!

  59. babama says:

    Whines about super delegates and now wants to be rescued by them. Uh huh.

  60. janicen says:

    Woke up in the middle of the night to peek at the results. SWEEP!!!!!!! Of course the media is still considering MO too close to call but it isn’t, it’s hers.

    Best comment in the NYT article about this:

    Clayton C. Howard Glendale CA 6 hours ago
    Why is it that when Bernie squeaked out a win last week by less than 2 percentage points, he made it sound like the revolution was at the gates but when Hillary wiped the map with him tonight he isn’t even gracious enough to congratulate her?

  61. joanelle says:

    Bob, go take care of yourself, the campaign will continue, but we want you well!😧

  62. Megan Rooney ‏@megrooney2016 10 hours ago

    We’re maybe a little excited here in Brooklyn. And yes we are shouting + many of us are women + that is just fine.

    Millennials chanting: “I believe that she will win, I believe that she will win…”


  63. janicen says:

    Anyone else thinking that whomever is holding up the voting results in MO might be doing it deliberately to prevent the media from being able to say that Clinton swept last night?

    CNN isn’t waiting however, I saw a headline on FB that Clinton did in fact sweep.

    I would be dancing with joy if my knee weren’t screwed up. I’m happy anyway!

  64. purplefinn says:


  65. Ron4Hills says:

    I don’t know This fellow Obsma has chosen. I wonder if he is the sacrificial lamb before the real pick.

    • janicen says:

      Merrick Garland is a moderate who would side more with the left than the right. It’s a smart move by Obama because if the Senate will not consider his nomination, the GOP will come off as deliberately obstructionist and it will hurt them in the general election. If they do approve him, we’ll be fine as far as the court goes. I think Bill Clinton appointed Garland to his federal judgeship.

  66. Ron4Hills says:

    Merrill Garland. Harrumph. Judy Garland was pretty good so maybe he’ll be alright.

  67. Jslat says:

    Rise Hillary Rise. Hear your voice angelou!

  68. ANonOMouse says:

    I thought y’all might enjoy looking at the exit polling from FL and OH. I want you to look closely at the vote of white men.



  69. bostonboomer says:

    New thread up above!!! Come on up.