Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton win Florida primary

Published: Wednesday 16th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won the presidential primary in Florida, further solidifying their leads in the hotly contested race for the Republican and Democratic nominations.

For Republican front-runner Mr Trump, Florida’s all-or-nothing contest represents a momentous win, giving him 99 additional delegates – the largest in the quintet of contests taking place on Tuesday.

His victory deals a devastating blow to Florida senator Marco Rubio, who many in the Republican establishment had backed in the hope of derailing Mr Trump’s dash to the nomination.

Ms Clinton will be awarded delegates proportionally in keeping with Democratic regulations, but the win still catapults her ahead of rival Bernie Sanders, who came into Tuesday’s contests with fresh momentum after scoring big in Michigan last week.

Mr Trump now has 568 delegates, while Ted Cruz has 370, Mr Rubio has 163 and John Kasich has 63.

It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.

The Sunshine State is the Democrats’ biggest delegate prize of the night.

With 214 delegates at stake, Ms Clinton is assured of winning at least 118, while Mr Sanders will pick up at least 45.

In all, 691 delegates are up for grabs in five states.

Going into Tuesday’s contests, Ms Clinton already held a 214-delegate advantage based on wins from primaries and caucuses.

When including superdelegates, the lead is even larger. Ms Clinton now has a total of at least 1,353, while Mr Sanders has at least 625. It takes 2,383 to win.

Published: Wednesday 16th March 2016 by The News Editor

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