Super Tuesday: Clinton, Trump notch big southern wins; Texas and Oklahoma go for Cruz

A voter casts her ballot at Fairfax Circle Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va.
A voter casts her ballot at Fairfax Circle Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va.
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump notched big wins across the South on Super Tuesday as they extended their lead for their party's nomination.

Here's the tally so far — the Associated Press projects the Democrat will win Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas. Sen. Bernie Sanders takes his home state of Vermont and also captured Oklahoma. Massachusetts is too close to call between the two.

On the Republican side, Trump is projected to win Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Georgia. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas and eked out surprise win in Oklahoma, bolstering his argument he's the strongest candidate to topple Trump. Vermont and Arkansas are too close to call.

Clinton spoke just before 9 p.m. ET from Miami, basking in her strong finishes in six major states.

"All across our country today, Democrats voted to break down barriers so we can all rise together," she declared.

Striking a noticeable contrast with Trump, her possible general election rival, she smiled as she argued "I believe what we need in America today is more love and kindness."

And she struck a populist tone, taking on one of the messages of Sanders as she told the crowd that "this country belongs to all of us, not just those at the top."

Sanders had little good news so far beyond winning his home state, and he came out shortly after 7:30 p.m. from his campaign party in Vermont to set expectations for what could be a long, disappointing night.

"By the end of tonight, we are going to win many hundreds of delegates," he told a roaring, adoring crowd in his home state.

"The people who know me best have voted so strongly to put me in the White House," Sanders boasted, declaring that his campaign "is not just about electing a president, it is about transforming America."

Caucus results in Minnesota and Colorado could be known soon too after closing at 9 p.m. ET. Rubio has made a late push in Minnesota, while Sanders has hoped Colorado is one place he can notch a win over Clinton on Tuesday night.

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