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Saturday Primary and Caucus Results (Updates: Cruz wins KS, ME // Trump wins LA, KY)

Saturday Primary and Caucus Results (Updates: Cruz wins KS, ME // Trump wins LA, KY)

Caucuses in Kentucky, Maine and Kansas, primary in Louisiana.

https://twitter.com/rickwtyler/status/621505161681367040

END OF NIGHT UPDATE — Here’s were things stand delegate wise:

https://twitter.com/timkmak/status/706325250917543937

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There are a mix of caucuses and one primary today. The ones we’re keeping an eye on are the Republican caucuses in Kentucky, Maine and Kansas, and the primary in Louisiana.

There are a fair number of delegates at stake, and if Cruz has a good day, he could close the 100-delegate gap with Trump:

https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/706221641718697984

Because the closing times are so varied, we have a separate section and live feed for each.

Vox.com summarizes what’s happening today, for which party, and closing times:

Kentucky caucuses

Who’s voting? Just Republicans.

When do polls close? Caucuses will take place between 10 am to 4 pm local time.

Who’s expected to win? Trump, since he’s done well in nearby states and led polls.

Maine caucuses

Who’s voting? Just Republicans. (Democrats caucus tomorrow.)

When do polls close? Each of the 22 caucus sites sets its own hours, which you can check here. Some close voting as early as 12 pm Eastern, while others keep it open until 6 pm or 7 pm Eastern.

Who’s expected to win? Probably Trump, since he’s done well in the Northeast and been endorsed by the state’s governor, but there’s been no recent polling so we don’t really know.

Nebraska caucuses

Who’s voting? Just Democrats. (Republicans will vote in a primary on May 10.)

When do polls close? Each county sets its own hours, which you can check here.

Who’s expected to win? As with Kansas, this is a state Sanders could do well in. But there’s been little polling.

Louisiana primaries

Who’s voting? Both Republicans and Democrats.

When do polls close? Polls close at 9 pm Eastern.

Who’s expected to win? Given that Clinton and Trump won across the Deep South on Super Tuesday, they’re both the favorites to win in Louisiana too.

Political media Twitter coverage

Kansas Republican Caucus – CRUZ WINS

Results are coming in. Ted Cruz is winning big in early returns, hovering near 50%.

Kansas Caucus final results

Cruz’s margin of victory signals a big drop for Trump from the pre-Super Tuesday, pre-Fox News debate polling, which Trump led.

In the Democrat caucus, Bernie Sanders won.


Maine Republican Caucus


Kentucky Republican Caucus

Early results in KY indicate Trump is going to win comfortably, but the race has not been called yet.

The call is being held because the race has tightened dramatically and is down to under 5% as of 10:40 p.m. Eastern.


Louisiana Primary


The primary was called for Trump, but since that call it has tightened dramatically, and is down to under 5% (as of 10:40 p.m. Eastern).

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Comments

Big win for Cruz in Kansas.

Voters are fleeing Rubio in droves. He’s done.

DINORightMarie | March 5, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Anyone have the info. on how they divide up the delegates for these states? Is it winner-take-all or divided by percentage, or……?

I am praying that Kasich and Rubio see they are DONE. The two-man match-up is the only way it will be clear who the people in the states – in the Party – want. And, of course, I’m praying for a MASSIVE victory today for Cruz. 😉

So glad today’s caucuses and primary are CLOSED. Already we can see the difference…….

JimMtnViewCaUSA | March 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm

Glad to see Ted doing well. I’ll vote for Trump if he wins the nom, but I hope we can find common cause with the Trump movement if Cruz comes from behind. In my mind, it’s not about Trump. It’s about his people.

In that spirit, an interesting piece on “why Trump” for those whose minds are still open (or who are puzzled, or even simply curious).
https://ricochet.com/an-open-letter-to-the-conservative-media-explaining-why-i-have-left-the-movement/
Here’s how it starts:
“Let me say up front that I am a life-long Republican and conservative. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life and have voted in every presidential and midterm election since 1988. I have never in my life considered myself anything but a conservative. I am pained to admit that the conservative media and many conservatives’ reaction to Donald Trump has caused me to no longer consider myself part of the movement. I would suggest to you that if you have lost people like me, and I am not alone, you might want to reconsider your reaction to Donald Trump. Let me explain why.”

    Ragspierre in reply to JimMtnViewCaUSA. | March 5, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    The author seems to never have been very comfortable in his “conservative skin”.

    He expresses a LOT of opinion, much of it supported by fallacies and open falsehoods.

    He ultimately seems morally, as well as ethically deeply confused.

    “Multiple conservative journalists — Kevin Williamson to name one — have said, in so many words, that Trump supporters are welfare queens, losers, uneducated, and bums. [But he provided us no links, and not even a quote in context to support this imprecation.] I am a Trump supporter. My father is a Trump supporter. We both went to war for this country. My father spent 40 years in the private sector maintaining this thing we like to call the phone system. [Does he think call our phone system “a phone system” is a farce?] I have spent the last 20 years in the Army and toiling away doing national security and law enforcement issues for the federal government. Just what exactly have any of the people saying these things ever done for the country? Where do they feel entitled to say these things? And more importantly, why on earth do they think it is helping their cause?

    I am sorry, even if you can convince me Trump is the next Hitler, I don’t want to be associated with that. I don’t want to be associated with a movement that calls other Americans bums and welfare queens because they support the wrong candidate. If I wanted to do that, I would be a leftist.”

    I’m going out on a limb here and suggest that voting for the next Hitler would be worse than calling someone a bum or welfare queen. Even if you could actually show they HAD.

    Also note how self-contradictory his writing is.

      JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Thx for yr perspective. I find it notable and, in a minor way, uplifting that anti Trump people are up voting you whereas Trump accepting folk are up voting my comment. By and large, few dislikes so far.
      Quite civil.

    Sadly, there are people emotionally invested in the yellow king.

    I don’t know what Trumph has done for this country.

    Ted Cruz OTOH has gone to Congress to turn the nation back to the Constitution. And that benefits everyone. Big talk does not.

FB post by the lawyer father of a local judge who went to high school with Trump. May shed some light on his character, since this guy has known him well for so long: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205751786815903&set=a.10200321945553265.1073741826.1293035689&type=3&theater

    And all of Trump’s ex-wives would vote for him, too! So would his dog walker’s first cousin! There! Take that!

      janitor in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 5, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      You mean all the people who actually know him and aren’t speculating based on nonsense in the LSM?

      Ragspierre in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcx5MH93cDU&feature=youtu.behttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqJQKzpBAmg

      There you go. Watch that if you dare. I has people in it who have done business with the poor narcissistic puke.

      Lady Penguin in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Come on, Fuzzy, that’s a cheap shot, and not necessary. Janitor simply made a statement, we don’t always have to find a reason to jump in and slam someone even if we don’t like the guy. I was just telling my husband that someone wrote a brief letter-to-the-editor in our local paper noting that he had gone to school with Donald Trump, and he was a “good-guy and go getter.”

      I read and like your articles here at LI…just sometimes it’d be nice if we could all take a deep breath and remember to be kind to one another.

      PS, I’m rooting for Cruz, but can see that the way to the WH might be with DT. Who knows? 🙂

        amwick in reply to Lady Penguin. | March 5, 2016 at 11:48 pm

        Thank you. Root for Cruz, vote for Cruz, but don’t be nasty to other people. I get that.

        Hi LP. I find it interesting that your comment responses exemplify the very traits you claim to be concerned about. You say we don’t need to look for reasons to find fault and jump in, yet you do that very thing.

        You exhibit this same type of hypocrisy further down thread to Jennifer, too. Where on earth did you get the idea that she supports Hillary or is too young to know what she’s talking about? She is certainly not “nasty” or hateful, but it’s interesting that you should read that in her comments and then find the need to comment on it.

        Concern trolling is fine, and you’re good at it, but be wary that you don’t fall for your own logical fallacies.

          Lady Penguin in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 6, 2016 at 5:54 pm

          Sorry to have run afoul of you, Fuzzy. It just jumped out at me the quirky response you gave to Janitor.

          Now as to concern trolling, rarely do I even comment here at LI, – mostly like to read, but it doesn’t mean we’re brain dead, and it’s been noticeable how almost every remark made – that doesn’t blast Trump – has been jumped on by Ms. Johnson, and I’m sorry that you think this:

          “You exhibit this same type of hypocrisy further down thread to Jennifer, too. Where on earth did you get the idea that she supports Hillary or is too young to know what she’s talking about? She is certainly not “nasty” or hateful, but it’s interesting that you should read that in her comments and then find the need to comment on it.”

          Making an occasional comment in a convo and expressing a fairly neutral and benign remark statement (which is my style) isn’t “concern trolling.” But having the same person, in LI article, after LI article, make negative remarks just because they’re not damning Trump to H*ll and back, does tend to stand out. She said I was “projecting” – I’m saying it’s perception is everything, that’s how I’ve come to perceive her negativity because it’s been pervasive and unrelenting, that’s where I got the idea.

          The Hillary thing? Well, so far all I’ve gathered is that she hates Trump so much, and believes that anyone who has even a smidgen of fairmindedness about him, must be ignorant and amoral, (on another article she accused those of us who accepted anything DT said about PP – as being amoral – and I responded, as a woman who prays outside our local PP, we obviously were not without a moral conscience.) Thus I figure she is going on the #NeverTrump bandwagon and would see Hillary in there instead (if he gets the GOP nod).

          Again, only spoke up because it’s nice to have courtesy and respect in their dialogue, not the constant haranguing presently showing up.

          LP, no harm, no afoul. 🙂 I find it interesting that people on both sides seem to see the bile only when it comes from the other side. I’ve not noticed you chastising pro-Trump commenters for their statements about how anyone who doesn’t support Trump is seditious, stupid, insane, a “filthy whore” (my personal favorite), blind, moronic, and on and on. I was just pointing out that you are selective not only in your feedback to myself and Jennifer but in your ability to see incivility only on one side.

          On a related note, I would argue that it’s quite pronounced on both sides and that it is causing very real negative emotions that will not be resolved among supporters as it will in a flash among the politicians we each support. Trump and Cruz or Trump and Rubio or Trump and whomever will be hugging and praising one another in a matter of weeks, months at most. The rest of us? Hurt feelings, disgust, and anger won’t disappear nearly as quickly. It’s all kind of sad, really, and it happens every election cycle. We’re just seeing it enhanced a hundred fold this time around because Trump has proven to be very divisive (as is Cruz, btw, so I’m not pointing fingers in this particular instance; it’s just that the majority of the animosity seems to center on Trump right now because he’s still the front-runner).

          Being #NeverTrump does not equate to being pro-Hillary, though I have been seeing a lot of pundits and pols actually say that she’d be preferable to Trump as far as they are concerned. For the rest of us, we’re sick and tired of rallying behind people we don’t like or agree with or about whom we have serious reservations (as with Trump). We truly believe that he is just as dangerous, if not more so, than Obama. I didn’t vote for Obama, though it was obvious especially in ’08 that I was “throwing away my vote” as we were repeatedly harangued for not supporting Obama. I didn’t want to “be a part of history” and help in any way elect a man I knew to be narcissistic, power-hungry, egotistical, self-absorbed, and hiding a progressive agenda. And for the same reasons, I will not be voting for Trump; I will take no responsibility for his “reign” (as he longingly refers to his potential presidency).

          Lady Penguin, first of all I welcome your opinion and your emotion. But, I do not welcome your myopic remonstrance of me.

          Your responses to my comments are not based on my content. Rather, they appear as emotion-based platitudes as to how I should behave, not unlike other’s responses.

          I simply pointed out the fact, in my own way, that emotion will not serve to vett the candidates.

          Lady Penguin in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm

          All is good, Fuzzy, thanks.

          And the reason why you haven’t seen me say much, and you’re right about the pro-Trump folks in many respects…bots on all sides, bots for everyone… is for the very reason that it all deteriorates. LI is one of the few sites around where it isn’t quite so crazy. 🙂

      The “feel kindly about Trumph” emotional bondage will soon unravel when people release their shoestring fantasies about him.

        Lady Penguin in reply to jennifer a johnson. | March 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

        Nice to see how you spend all your time trolling each and every comment just to be nasty. Just because one doesn’t like a candidate, and obviously in your case your visceral hate is quite apparent, it doesn’t lend much to the usual intelligent discourse and exchange of ideas which most of us enjoy here at the Professor’s site.

        The very things you accuse others of, even if they are only trying to be fair-minded and on the periphery of marginal support, are undeserved – and reasonable intelligent people are able to be more courteous than that.

        Hate is a blinding thing.

          No, you are not emotionally bonded with Trumph at all, are you?

          Wake up call #19,130,000,000,000+

          I am not at all hesitant to point out that Trumphian supporters follow someone who boasts about being a great business man but by many accounts (a link I have posted previously) is an abject failure. He moves money around from one account to another just like a Bernie Madoff. He is also under investigation for fraud. And, he won’t release his taxes, because… “Trust me.” Is that OK with you are you emotionally bonded to a false hope?

          Trumph supports Planned Parenthood. Is that OK with you are you emotionally bonded to a false hope?

          If elected, Trumph, the malleable, will likely nominate a left-leaning judges to the SCOTUS to replace Scalia and someday, RBG. Is that OK with you are you emotionally bonded to a false hope?

          Trumph is NOT and Washington outsider. He is not anti-establishment. Trumph has bought and paid for Washington Establishment street cred so make his deals, deals that only benefit him. He will not change in office. Trumph is a fantastical con being played on his supporters. Is that OK with you are you emotionally bonded to a false hope? You are not bonded with reality.

          I can go on, but you are not listening. Reality TV is on again. In between commercials you can read this:

          http://www.marketwatch.com/story/its-worse-than-you-think-trumps-business-disaster-2016-03-04

          And no, I don’t have to play nice so that you can remain ensconced in your Trumph “safe space”.

          Lady Penguin in reply to Lady Penguin. | March 6, 2016 at 10:37 am

          This reply is to Ms. Johnson who is apparently blinded by hate, one of those people who if you don’t hate along with her, you’re the enemy.
          1) I’m not emotionally bonded to Trump, having noted over and over again that I’m a Cruz supported. OTOH, I’m not so blinded or bonded to a lack of reason that I would see a Hillary in the WH as better than a Donald Trump.

          2) The visceral hatred and trolling of anyone who isn’t in lockstep with your thinking, demeans the good Professor’s site.

          3) In your world if you’re not a hater of Trump, you’re a supporter, that’s a sickness that causes rot. We’ve voted for the GOP-Establishment candidates for decades, and their promises these days are ring false and empty. I’m grateful to Trump for ripping the veil. It’s obvious you can’t stand that.

          4) BTW, I’m pretty sure I have a few decades of living beyond yours, and so does my husband. We’re not the rubes you think all the rest of us are.

          “one of those people who if you don’t hate along with her, you’re the enemy…

          Your statement is a projection. I have never asked anyone to hate or to project hate. I don’t hate trump. I hate what he does to people. I hate evil.
          I see that people are emotionally invested in this race- Bernie Madoff big time.

          “OTOH, I’m not so blinded or bonded to a lack of reason that I would see a Hillary in the WH as better than a Donald Trump”

          From my POV, Hillary and Trump are almost ideological equals. Voting for Trump over a Hillary is voting for a big government Planned Parenthood Democrat. Trump would NOT be better than Hillary. Get rid of Trump as an alternative. A boat anchor is still a boat anchor on different ships.

          Is it hateful because I spell out what is true in no nonsense terms? I raised four kids. You can’t fool them with blather. It is a kind and loving thing to speak truth. And when truth hurts some people then they call it hateful. See safe spaces, PC crowd.

          I am in my sixties. Is that old enough and wise enough for you?

          I voted for Ronald Reagan twice. Why would I ever vote for Trump knowing what I know?

          I remember the Viet Nam war. I lost friends in that war. Guys came back broken up. That is one reason why I do NOT want a rube lie DJ Trump in the WH.

          Is that hateful to you?

          Explain to me the part of my comment you find “nasty” and based on “visceral hate”. I’d like to know from which perspective you read my words.

          Calling me a troll indicts you when you use such words.

          Lady Penguin in reply to Lady Penguin. | March 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm

          Again, this is addressed to Ms. Johnson. 1) So we’re both of a similar age 2) We’ve both raised families, several children each.

          3)& 4) Let’s put that visceral hate and troll perception response together. Every comment you’ve made on this thread and numerous other posts are all engaged in the nasty. The fact that you can’t help yourself from engaging everywhere yous read the name Trump, makes it that you’re trolling.

          Furthermore, it stands out clearly, but unfortunately, as I said before, demeans the good Professor’s site to have such sanctimonious comments where you can’t wait to come in attack if someone, dear Good Lord, has even a modicum of common sense and decency to be able to, Heaven forbid, take a glimpse at the broader picture in this election cycle.

          You’re entitled, of course, to your beliefs, just as everyone else is entitled to theirs. Be sure to vote for Hillary in the General Election, in your eyes, she and the lefties are obviously NOT the Devil Incarnate, that opinion you’ve reserved for Trump.

          Why would I ever vote for Hillary? That is another projection. And why would I vote for Trump? To have a Republican In Name Only holding the office? And someone who has hijacked the Republican name to make his name more prominent? Give me a break. You project more than you think about your reason for voting. Having a “Republican” in office has been the problem. Having a true conservative in office will be a problem for Hillary and Trump and the Established System.

          And, you didn’t answer my question as to what is “nasty” about my comment. You just called me nasty again and repeated the same things. The reemphasis tells me it is emotionally important to you. You want me to play nice to make you feel better, I guess.

          BTW, in case you missed it, this is what is called visceral hatred: not long ago on this site a misogynistic Trump supporter who has currently posted comments, called me a “tired old witch” because I confronted his fantasies about Trump. Rags, at that time, came to my defense.

          Time after time I have provided content saying that Trump is not worth a vote. Sometimes I just cut to the chase and call it like I see it. The typical response from Trump supporters has been dismissive and vulgar and a way to chastise me for stating other than full bore blind support for a reality TV personality. LP, you want me to give a “nice” pass to Trump. I cannot in good conscience support the disingenuous RINO con man or his boorish followers.

          Trump supporters and those willing to support Trump “if” are a condescending bunch, just like his highness Trump, who talks about people using the modifier “little.” His supporters must feel so enabled by their god’s display of the false masculine.

          #NeverTrump

          #NeverBrotherTrumpSisterHillary

        Bible thumpers like Jennifer can often be some of the most hateful and unbiblical people one can ever meet. I admire the Lady’s attempts to call her back to semi rationality, but sadly it isn’t likely to have any effect.

          Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | March 6, 2016 at 11:00 am

          Again, the self-parody monster mauls Bierhall Bullyboi Bigot Britt, and leaves a pile of ROTTING hamburger.

          A guy who has gleefully engaged in the vilest kinds of character assassination against Cruz and his wife, and other peoples’ religion.

          A disgust visage of a true hater.

          Gary, you are a Catholic. And you will vote for a Planned Parenthood supporter?

          Does your Bible-thumping priest know about your pledge against God-given life?

          Or, are you negotiating your faith away?

          There is nothing vile about pointing out that Cruz doesn’t tithe and isn’t an evangelical but follows a cultish brand of end times religion called dominionism and that his only charitable contributions hidden in his undisclosed tax returns are money given to his father’s one man church.

          There is also nothing vile abouting pointing out that Glenn Beck is an insane mormon who has threatened to murder Donald Trump if he can get close enough with a weapon. And Cruz has refused to disavow Beck or his murderous desires.

          Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | March 6, 2016 at 1:17 pm

          Sure, your lies are all vile.

          You are neither a “conservative” or a “catholic” judging from your every behavior and demonstrated predilictions for hate and bigotry.

          What you ARE is a lying SOS (sack of sophistry, for the delicate).

          And you know damn good and well that THOSE lies you just told are not even your blackest attempts at character assassination.

          Whited sepulcher.

          Nope. Not lies. As amply demonstrated by your furious spinning.

          Gary Contrary, you didn’t answer my questions. You obfuscated and denigrated. As usual. As a Trumph.

This is an aside. Just finished watching both Cruz’s and Rubio’s speeches at CPAC. One huge glaring difference really struck me – Cruz had many specifics. He’s going to repeal ObamaCare, flat tax, etc. Rubio was all about general statements of principle. He didn’t mention one specific thing he would do as President. Maybe he needs to ask John McCain first?

    Lady Penguin in reply to Same Same. | March 5, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Rubio doesn’t have an original ideas, because, IMO, he actually lacks principles on a number of issues, so he can’t speak from the heart like Cruz can.

    And yes, McCain, McConnell et al have to tell him what to do first.

PrincetonAl | March 5, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Don’t look now … But Cruz just surged pass Rubio on Predictwise.

In fact, Cruz may not have been meaningfully above Rubio ever on Predictwise in the last 3-4 months, and is now 8 points up.

This IS BIG news. People putting money down is worth more than talking head beltway analysis.

Cruz has passionate supporters (including me), Rubio has indifferent supporters who think he is a good tactical choice. But they aren’t true believers.

Passion wins in life.

Ace calls Maine for Cruz.

PrincetonAl | March 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Decision desk calls Maine for Cruz! That’s a good sign …

PrincetonAl | March 5, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Rags beat me to it 🙁

conservative tarheel | March 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm

so when does Marco Gang of 8 drop out …
or will his puppet masters let him .. will they
make him slowly twist in the wind …

Marco Rubio will be out shortly to give his victory speech.

So….. so far Cruz has won 6 states. 5 of those six are small rural closed caucas states where independents and others can’t vote. So it’s a good thing for Cruz and his supporters that the general election is a giant caucus of just small rural states where only republicans can vote.

Rut Row…. wait a minuto.

    Mr. Britt, that Cruz is winning the “closed” states should TELL you something about the type of “support” that Trump is getting: weak, unprincipled and quite likely to waffle if the choice in the general election is between Trump and Clinton. Further, those non-aligned, independent or otherwise non-Republican / non-Conservative voters are likely malleable, meaning that they are not principled, and will merely vote for who happens to be shrieking the loudest at any particular moment (or falling for Trump’s cult of personality, rather than any sort of principled position).

    Alternatively, if the weather is bad on general election night, expect that those “Trump” supporters will stay home in their toasty, warm apartments. Alternatively, those “Cruzbots,” as you like to refer to them, will be MUCH more likely to turn out.

      No Mr. Skinner what it tells me is that Cruz knows how to organize turn out in small rural closed caucus states. The only large state he has won is his home state of Texas. Louisiana a closed primary state and Trump wins big there. So Trump has no problem with closed primary states whereas Cruz only seems to win closed caucuses in small mostly rural states.

      tom swift in reply to Chuck Skinner. | March 6, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Further, those non-aligned, independent or otherwise non-Republican / non-Conservative voters are likely malleable, meaning that they are not principled

      Absolute hogwash.

      The smart voters register Independent to avoid the consequences of having their names associated with the Repubs on records which can be seen by Dem activists in Town Hall… especially important if one hopes to have any business dealings with a unionized part of officialdom.

      It’s certainly not by chance that the vast majority of registered voters in a state like MA are not registered R. But they vote R nevertheless. Ballots are secret; registrations are not.

    Sanddog in reply to Gary Britt. | March 5, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I’m not a fan of open primaries myself. Why should democrats and independents have a say in our candidate?

      Lady Penguin in reply to Sanddog. | March 6, 2016 at 9:11 am

      The party powers that be found that they can control who gets the nod in their state that way. In Virginia, where I am, having an open primary helps push a moderate into the win column vs a conservative. Northern Virginia, bedroom rich suburbs of DC, government dependent salaries, push for the GOP-E -gave their votes to Rubio. He also got areas like Richmond, heavily Democrat, so the crossover voting always hurts us when it comes to getting a conservative like Cruz in. We know Dems who did exactly that, and they have no intention of voting for our guy in November.

        DuraMater in reply to Lady Penguin. | March 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

        I have it on good authority such strategic crossover Dem voters do exactly that in middle and east TN. These are hard core Hillary supporters who voted for Trump in their open Rep. primary because they are convinced that Hillary will “beat the tar” out of Trump in the general. Not a new organizational phenom at all but was new to me when I first learned of it from family & others up there.

Does anyone know when Rubio is scheduled to give his victory speach tonight?

Last two winners of Kansas, Huckabee and Santorum. Last winner of Maine, Santorum.

    What’s your point? That the ACTUAL Republicans chose (reasonably) principled conservatives over the other “establishment” individuals in the race, who we were told (over and over again) could “win” against Obama, and then who went down in flames because they couldn’t get the base to turn out after their weak campaigning?

    Seems an indictment of the GOPe and their “pick a candidate that can win” strategy for losing.

      The point is while they won Kansas and Maine they didn’t win the nomination.

        gmac124 in reply to Gary Britt. | March 5, 2016 at 10:42 pm

        And they lost the general just like Trump would.

          Trump is the only candidate that can pull enough independents and Reagan democrats and enough of a fighter to beat Hillary and her MSM protectorate.

        gmac124 in reply to Gary Britt. | March 5, 2016 at 11:29 pm

        “Trump is the only candidate that can pull enough independents and Reagan democrats and enough of a fighter to beat Hillary and her MSM protectorate.”

        How much of Trumps baggage, like Trump U, will the MSM not report during the general? How much more do they have that they are waiting to drop so they can cruise to victory with their “Chosen” candidate? The answer to those questions are none and a boatload. I am amazed that Trump and Hillary have ANY support with what little has been released about them, but the MSM will hold nothing back in destroying Trump after the primaries if he is nominated. So keep trying to believe your pipe dream just don’t expect people with intellect to believe.

          The MSM will do that and more to Cruz or any other GOP candidate they always do but Trump knows how to fight that and turn tables on all of Hillary’s problems. He is only candidate that can win.

          SDN in reply to gmac124. | March 6, 2016 at 9:40 am

          Except that Cruz doesn’t have much baggage. The difference between a carry on and “charter another plane”.

          Cruz has tremendous baggage in a general election against Hillary and the MSM. He will be painted as a religious extremist outside the mainstream of even conservative religious types, an extremist on abortion and social issues, that his end times beliefs make him dangerous to be commander in chief. Those will combine with his preachy speaking style and reputation for being unlikable to hurt him badly. Then the fact that he is for TPP and dumb free trade deals that are destroying the middle and lower classes will keep him from drawing any crossovers. Combine all that and a lot more with no ability to fight through all the negative attacks the way Trump can and Cruz can never win in general election.

          gmac124 in reply to gmac124. | March 6, 2016 at 12:01 pm

          Trump will lose more of the republican base than Mitt and McCain did. Which means he can’t win the election. Cruz is the only candidate that pulls the entire party together. He wouldn’t need much crossover appeal to win then and if Hillary is the candidate he would get some and win in a landslide. In fact if you are looking for a new Reagan it is Cruz. Trump can never fill in for Reagan. Other than the fact that he is old and has changed parties they don’t have anything in common because Trump doesn’t have core conservative principles. Can’t be Reagan without those. You can continue to prattle on about cross over appeal because that is all Trump has. He has lost the base with his flops. 1980 was a long time ago but I don’t remember Reagan ever needing to clarify where his policy actually stood because he didn’t flop. Trump had to this week because he doesn’t have a core and people that have truthfully vetted him see this. I am not interested in a race to the bottom with Trump and Hillary, that is why I will never vote for either one.

          #Cruzorbust

          Ragspierre in reply to gmac124. | March 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm

          Das rite…

          Trump will get entire republican base to vote for him because 1. He isn’t Hillary and 2. Supreme Court.

          This is true dispite the wild eye lies of some desperate staffers and pundits to pretend otherwise.

          Ragspierre in reply to gmac124. | March 6, 2016 at 1:25 pm

          The delusions of a cult acolyte.

          Frightening!

        gmac124 in reply to Gary Britt. | March 6, 2016 at 7:37 pm

        “Trump will get entire republican base to vote for him”

        As you tried to tell me earlier, this is all just an assumption without evidence. Besides I know it is false wishful thinking on your part because I have actually talked to quite a few people that will sit out the election or vote third party BEFORE they will vote for Trump.

        “You make assumptions about Rubio and Kasich voters that are not based on evidence.”

        The following post was from Brian Epps a few days ago.

        “Lt. Gov Patrick says internal polls of Cruz supporters has Trump as the recipient of 50-60% if he drops out with the 20 % Rubio and the remainder being undecided. Rubio supporters are at 75-80% for Cruz, 5% Trump and the remainder undecided.”

Louisiana called by Fox for Trump with 48% of vote. Trump up by 12% in Kentucky should win Kentucky. Essentially tie tonight but Trump will likely win a few more delegates.

Fourth and fifth biggest counties in KY went to Cruz. Biggest three still out. Cruz has been staying within around 5,000 votes, with the percentage points closing consistently. Tight race.

What appears to be happening is that these larger metro counties are feeding more votes to Rubio which is changing the percentages but the 5000 vote margin is holding so far.

Beginning of the end for Trump.

Fox has called Kentucky for Trump. Vote L ead for Trump started growing again with 82% of vote in Trump lead was almost 7,000 votes. So Trump wins another closed caucus/primary state.

Trump: Cruz should do well in Maine because it is so close to Canada.

Trump calls for Rubio to drop out. Says he wants Cruz one on one.

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to Gary Britt. | March 6, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Gary, the Repub dropouts include Rand Paul,Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson along with Carlie and a couple more. Yet, Trump is still winning states with vote percentages in the 30s. Shouldn’t his percentages be rising?

    gmac124 in reply to Gary Britt. | March 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    “Trump calls for Rubio to drop out. Says he wants Cruz one on one.”

    You do realize that Rubio and Kasich are siphoning off support for Cruz. If they drop out it will get rid of the chance of a brokered convention. I am not sure the Republican elite are aware of it yet or not but really their only chance to not destroy the party is to coalesce around Cruz. If Trump wins the nomination or a brokered convention pushes some squish off as the nominee a significant chunk of people will leave and form a new party.

      Barry in reply to gmac124. | March 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      “You do realize that Rubio and Kasich are siphoning off support for Cruz.”

      You do realize that is just your opinion, not supportable in any way? You might be right, you might be wrong.

        gmac124 in reply to Barry. | March 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm

        “You do realize that is just your opinion, not supportable in any way?”

        So the poll that another poster had that showed 75-80% Rubio’s support would go to Cruz is incorrect? Just checking because my opinion is that Trump should have never gained more support than Rand Paul had and we both see that is incorrect. I do know one thing for sure. If Trump wins the nomination the Republican party will be dead.

          Barry in reply to gmac124. | March 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

          ” If Trump wins the nomination the Republican party will be dead.”

          With reference to the GOPe, that’s a feature not a bug.

          What poll?

      You make assumptions about Rubio and Kasich voters that are not based on evidence. Time will tell.

Rubio needs to get out. It is not possible for him to win legitimately, and conservatives are not going to allow the establishment to force him down their throats.

He needs to gather what little dignity he has left and exit the race so Cruz can win. If he sticks around it’s much more likely we’re going to be stuck with Trump.

    Rick in reply to Olinser. | March 5, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    What does Rubio have in mind for a career after he loses Florida?
    Maybe there is a used car dealer in Florida who will like his fast talk.

      DuraMater in reply to Rick. | March 6, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Marco can go to K street and use his silver tongue as a lobbyist for Mark Zuckerberg or Pepe Fanjul (Big Sugar Subsidies). He will make lots of money and be happy.
      —–OR——
      He can go to work at FOX or CNN and eventually get his own local AM radio show like Rick Sanchez.

Sammy Finkelman | March 5, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Per CNN, latest delegate counts, including tonight’s results:

Trump 362
Cruz 270
Rubio 119
Kasich 30

There are about 10 other delegates that went to Bush and Carson and I think Fiorina and Rand Paul so lets’ say a total of 792.

That would give Trump 362/792 or 45.7%, which is where he has been holding. He’s been getting about 34% to 37% of the popular vote. I don;t think someone with that kind of percentage should be assured the nomination of a major political party, because someone with a character flaw can get that.

Judge Jeanine had a good editorial tonight on the events of today, Mitt Romney and Trump. For those who keep harping on the nothing that is “Trump U” perhaps you might want to consider why so much, much more about Mitt Romney wasn’t made an issue four years ago (not to mention why hasn’t the media been carrying screaming headlines about Clinton in the manner that WaPo and NYTimes did for Watergate and Iran-Contra.

http://www.foxnews.com/shows/justice-jeanine.html

    Ragspierre in reply to janitor. | March 6, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Has that lady disclosed with each of her T-rump related comments that her hubby was a T-rump lawyer?

    I’ve never watched her, so you’ll have to tell us.

      janitor in reply to Ragspierre. | March 6, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Yes. She has disclosed this often.

      It is yet another example of those who actually know Trump having a different opinion from those who do not and speculate based on (mostly) recent diatribes of liberals or GOP establishment.

        Ragspierre in reply to janitor. | March 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

        Oddly (?!), what you said and keep saying about “those who know him” is simply NOT true, unless you cull from a VERY select herd.

If it’s true that Cruz has won 64 delegates so far tonight and Trump only won 49, how can the Trumpkins be painting tonight as “a virtual tie”?

If it had been Trump 64; Cruz 49; you know they would have been selling it as a massive win fir Trump.

    PrincetonAl in reply to Amy in FL. | March 6, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Sure, virtual tie tonight.

    Which is why Trump plunged and Cruz soared in the prediction markets.
    Which is why Cruz edged Trump in LA on the same day vote.
    Which is why Nate Silver gave it a 2 out of 10 for Trump and a 9 out of 10 to Cruz in terms of performance.

    A lot of work to do, we have, Cruz fans – but yeah a virtual tie. ????

“If you’re reporting this as anything other than a huge night for Cruz and a terrible one for Trump, you’re doing it wrong.”
—Nate Silver

Yepo.

I find it incredibly ironic that supporters of Trump, who is the very definition of RINO, say they will vote for Trump over Hillary because they want to stick it to Hillary and the Establishment.

I’m sure Gary will come up with the magic hat “logic”.

    There is no amount of logic that can persuade an insane bible thumper like yourself Jennifer or an 8nsane non bible thumping agnostic like Rags.

      Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | March 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      That’s our Bierhall Bullyboi Bigot Britt, on the beat again!

      “Bible thumper”?

      Hell, Britt, you APPARENT only religion is T-rump cult worship. If you were indicted for being a NOMINAL Christian, the charges would be dismissed for a lack of evidence!

      But Jerry Spence couldn’t get you off if you were accused of being a lying SOS cultist for Der Donald!

      PLUS, you wouldn’t know “logic” if it came up and bit you on the nose and introduced itself in iambic pentameter through clenched teeth.

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