Like most sequels, you know this is going to be good. Or, it’s going to be really, really awful. Sort of depends on who your candidate is tonight, and what your feelings about the entire presidential campaign might be.
BuzzFeed asked readers for a better name for this day, and as of 5 p.m. ET, the suggestion “Super Tuesday Judgment Day” was in the lead, followed by “2 Super 2 Tuesday.”
Think Progress reported other problems were reported across the Sunshine State. A bomb threat shut down a polling place in Broward County for nearly two hours. In the city of Apopka, outside of Orlando, two polling places ran out of both Republican and Democratic ballots and began turning voters away.
What’s at stake tonight? From CNN’s Tal Kopan, a breakdown:
If Donald Trump sweeps all the GOP primaries today, his nomination will be all but confirmed. But if John Kasich can win Ohio and Ted Cruz can run close in some of the proportional races (and/or if Marco Rubio can win Florida, where he’s trailing by nearly 20 points in some polls), Trump’s ability to get to the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the race outright becomes much more difficult.
And if it looks like Trump might be close to not being able to hit 1,237, money and support will likely continue flowing to his opponents and the race may turn into a prolonged war over every delegate.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton faces a similar dilemma. She is most likely going to win the Democratic nomination, as it will be tough for Bernie Sanders to overcome the delegate defecit he has with her as of now.
But, if he can win a few states today or keep the race close, he will likely continue to be a thorn in her side all the way until the convention.
6:40 p.m. ET: Exit Polls We’ll have our first votes at the top of the hour, but for now, plenty of talk about the exit polls, including the key state of Ohio, where John Kasich hopes to put a dent in the Donald.
7:20 p.m. ET: Florida, Florida, Florida We’re ten minutes away from the first polls closing, and early numbers indicate huge leads for Clinton and Trump.
The Republican Establishment right now pic.twitter.com/94EfqikrXS
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) March 15, 2016
7:30 p.m. ET: Ohio Polls have closed in Ohio, but networks say it’s too close to call on both sides.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 15, 2016
7:33 p.m. ET: Trump Still Taking Shots at Megyn Kelly Donald Trump has re-tweeted a message taking a dig at Kelly:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2016
8:00 p.m. ET: Projectionpalooza Polls closed, and everyone calls Florida for Clinton and Trump–with big, big margins.
8:10 p.m. ET: Rubio Speaks, and Drops Out Interrupting what was, at least on CNN, a political obituary (S.E. Cupp in dissent), Marco Rubio took the stage in Miami. He describes the political climate in the country as “America…in the middle of a real political storm, a tsunami.”
It's RIP optimism, folks. Not RIP Marco Rubio. He is 44 YEARS OLD. Let's not send him to The Villages just yet.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) March 16, 2016
Rubio announces he has suspended his campaign.
— POLITICO (@politico) March 16, 2016
Donald Trump, meanwhile, remains very focused on Megyn Kelly:
Can't watch Crazy Megyn anymore. Talks about me at 43% but never mentions that there are four people in race. With two people, big & over!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2016
Watching other networks and local news. Really good night! Crazy @megynkelly is unwatchable.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2016
8:28 p.m. ET: Clinton Takes North Carolina Trump leads on the GOP side, but no calls yet.
8:38 p.m. ET: Easy States Done, Now It Gets Tricky And you know what that means. Magic Wall.
I want to love anything as much as John King loves that map.
— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) March 16, 2016
8:45 p.m. ET: Kasich Wins Ohio A major win for Kasich, and a disappointment to Trump. Crunching the numbers is underway on each of the cable news networks and CBSN, which has one of the most experienced journalists when it comes to presidential politics, Bob Schieffer, who is in full election night mode:
8:55 p.m. ET: CNN Projects Clinton Wins Ohio Two big, big states fall to the frontrunner.
Crowd in West Palm Beach goes crazy when CNN calls Ohio for Clinton pic.twitter.com/bMjnpprhOY
— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) March 16, 2016
9:00 p.m. ET: Clinton Speaks Clinton gets on ahead of Trump. Fox News carries a banner “awaiting news conference from Donald Trump after FL primary win.” If Trump hits the stage, who drops Clinton and who stays?
crowd tonight in West Palm Beach is one of the loudest and most energized @HillaryClinton has had during this campaign.
— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) March 16, 2016
On NBC Nightly News (which has been updated live during the evening for the Western time zones), Chuck Todd described Clinton’s wins as the end of the road for Bernie Sanders.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) March 16, 2016
On CBS News, Scott Pelley put the state of the night this way: “Now the Republicans. Donald Trump has won Florida, a fatal blow to Marco Rubio–ain’t no sunshine, and he’s gone.”
9:20 p.m. ET: Kasich Takes the Stage The governor shares a story from earlier in the evening, where he dropped into a restaurant in the hopes of grabbing some food, only to have the diners rise to give him a round of applause. “You’re going to make me cry,” he said. The banner behind him reads “as goes Ohio, so goes the nation.”
Well this is some insane confetti at Kasich's victory party. Whoa. pic.twitter.com/rhtIuDXBl6
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) March 16, 2016
9:26 p.m. ET: The Most Opulent Is Yet to Come Trump will once again turn to a quasi address/news conference at the gilded Mar-a-Lago. No steaks on display–yet.
9:40 p.m. ET: NBC Calls Illinois for Trump
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 16, 2016
9:54 p.m. Projection: Trump Wins North Carolina
Lewandowski on stage after manhandling a reporter, lying about it, & smearing her. Score another for lowered standards. #goodjobCorey
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 16, 2016
10:43 p.m. ET: Winding Down With three contests still outstanding, there are themes bubbling on social media, including criticism of comments about Hillary Clinton made by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, and Fox News Channel’s Howie Kurtz, who discussed how Clinton appeared–and how she sounded.
— jessica testa (@jtes) March 16, 2016