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Republican Marco Rubio; Republican Ted Cruz; Democrat Bernie Sanders; Republican Donald Trump; and Democrat Hillary Clinton. February 04, 2016.
Republican Marco Rubio; Republican Ted Cruz; Democrat Bernie Sanders; Republican Donald Trump; and Democrat Hillary Clinton. February 04, 2016. Credit: AFP

Rubio campaign: Trump is afraid of Marco's momentum in Florida

Marco Rubio's campaign for president is rejecting Donald Trump's call for the Florida senator to get out of the Republican race for president.

Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Conant said, "Trump's history as a con artist is being exposed. He canceled CPAC today because he's not a conservative."

Trump was scheduled to speak on Saturday at the annual gathering of conservative activists in suburban Washington. He instead made a campaign stop in Kansas.

With 123 delegates, Rubio is 252 delegates behind Trump in the race for the 1,237 needed to win the Republican nomination for president.

Conant said, "Trump knows that Marco has the momentum in Florida and is afraid because he knows losing those 99 delegates to Marco will be a turning point in this race."

Trump calls on Rubio to drop out of GOP race

After postings wins in Louisiana and Kentucky's presidential nominating contests, Republican front-runner Donald Trump says it is "probably time" for rival Marco Rubio to drop out of Republican race for president.

The Florida senator finished no better than third in any of Saturday's primary elections and caucuses. Meanwhile, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won in Maine and Kansas.

Trump congratulated Cruz for his victories. But he joked that it's natural that Cruz won Maine because, "it's very close to Canada, let's face it."

Trump has questioned Cruz's eligibility to be president, because the Texas lawmaker was born on Canadian soil. Many legal experts have said that Cruz is a natural born citizen who is eligible to serve as president.

Trump projected to win Kentucky's Republican caucus

Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential caucuses in Kentucky, adding to his victory earlier Saturday in Louisiana.

That's the 12th state win for the billionaire businessman, who aimed to extend his delegate lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Saturday's nominating contests.

Among his supporters in Kentucky was 57-year-old Karen Gallardo, a lifelong Republican who said she was proud to caucus for the real estate mogul.

She says, "It wasn't a close call."

She adds, "The reason I want Trump so bad is that I feel he has a vision, he knows the country. He is a successful businessman."

Sanders' wins won't dent Clinton's delegate lead

Bernie Sanders has won two out of the three states where Democrats voted on Saturday. But that isn't translating into any gains for him in The Associated Press delegate count.

With 109 delegates at stake Saturday, Clinton is on track to win a majority of them, having gained at least 51 after her big win in Louisiana. Sanders picked up at least 45.

Democratic contests award delegates in proportion to the vote, so even the loser gets some. Clinton's substantial margin of victory in the bigger state of Louisiana withstood Sanders' wins in Kansas and Nebraska.

That means Clinton will maintain her substantial delegate lead.

Including superdelegates, she now has a total of least 1,117 delegates, compared to at least 477 for Sanders. It takes 2,383 delegates to win.

Clinton has won 11 of the 18 states that have voted in primaries and caucuses up to now, compared to seven for Sanders. Maine holds its caucus on Sunday.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters after winning the state of Vermont on Super Tuesday on March 1, 2016 in Essex Junction, Vermont.Credit: AFP

Trump awaiting Kentucky results before addressing press

Donald Trump is awaiting the results of Kentucky's GOP caucuses before he speaks at an election night press conference.

The billionaire businessman confused those gathered at his Trump International Golf Club in Florida's West Palm Beach when he briefly walked in from the back of the room where reporters, club members and friends are gathered.

Flanked by Secret Service officers and in his entourage, Trump casually stopped in front of a bank of cameras and asked a Fox News reporter whether Kentucky had been called.

He tossed out one comment — "We won the big ones, folks" — before saying he'd be back and then left the room.

Donald Trump speaks to the crowd asking them to take a pledge to promise to vote for him during a campaign rally, March 5, 2016.Credit: AP

Clinton 'thrilled' to add to pledged delegate count

Hillary Clinton says she is "thrilled" to add to her pledged delegate count on a night when she and Bernie Sanders both saw wins.

Speaking at a Democratic Party dinner in Detroit Saturday night, Clinton offered congratulations to Sanders, who won caucuses in Kansas and Nebraska, while Clinton won the Louisiana primary. She then quickly turned to the next contest: Michigan.

Clinton says, "And I can tell you this: We're going to work for every vote."

Clinton pointed to her plans to help grow jobs and put pressure on companies to keep jobs in the United States. She praised Detroit for making a "comeback" and stressed her commitment to Flint, which is struggling with lead-contaminated water. She says, "There are lots of Flints out there."

Sanders says wins show strength of campaign

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says in an interview with The Associated Press that his campaign is showing that it can win decisively over Hillary Clinton in a number of states, including victories in Kansas and Nebraska.

Sanders notes that the victories follow double-digit wins in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Colorado and Minnesota. He says the "political revolution" has always been about turning out large numbers of working people, young people and those who have not been involved in the political process. He says that is "bearing out" on Saturday.

The senator says there are "some very big states coming up" like New York, California, Oregon and Washington state. He says, "I think in all of those states, we've got a shot to win it." He says wins in those big states might persuade some superdelegates to switch their support from Clinton to Sanders in hopes of holding onto the White House.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a rally at Grand Valley State University Field House Arena, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Allendale, Mich. Credit: AP

Clinton, Trump win Louisiana primary elections

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have won their respective presidential primary elections in Louisiana.

The victories in Louisiana were the 11th state wins for both candidates, the front-runners for the Democratic and Republican party nominations.

The come after their rivals, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, each notched wins on Saturday.

Cruz won the Republican caucuses in Maine and Kansas, while Sanders picked up a win in Nebraska. The Kansas Democratic Party said the Vermont senator also won its caucuses.

Sanders projected to win Nebraska's' Democratic caucus

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won Nebraska's Democratic presidential caucus, defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The victory for Sanders on Saturday marks the second time Clinton has lost the Nebraska Democratic caucuses. In 2008, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama defeated Clinton by a 2-to-1 ratio in the state.

Both Sanders and Clinton sent organizers to Nebraska and campaigned in the state, where Democrats often get little attention given the Republican Party's dominance.

Nebraska's Democratic caucuses were among contests held by one or both parties Saturday in five states.

Nebraska Republicans will vote for the GOP nominee in the state's May 10 primary.

Ted Cruz wins Maine's Republican caucus

The Maine Republican Party says Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has beaten New York businessman Donald Trump in the state's Republican presidential caucuses.

The party made the announcement Saturday night. The Associated Press has not called the race in Maine as it waits for formal results from the state party.

The victory by Cruz comes as opponents of GOP front-runner Donald Trump try to stop his momentum after the billionaire businessman's strong showing on Super Tuesday.

Cruz came to the state on Friday to campaign at the University of Maine a day after Trump rallied supporters in Portland.

Cruz will win 12 delegates, Trump will win nine delegates and John Kasich will win two delegates.

Turnout in Kansas' GOP caucus exceeds party's most optimistic predictions

Turnout in Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas has exceeded the party's most optimistic predictions.

State GOP Executive Director Clay Barker says at least 73,000 people cast ballots in Saturday's caucuses. He says there are another 6,000 provisional ballots and 1,000 absentee ballots sent to voters but not yet collected.

That compares to about 30,000 people voting in the state's GOP caucuses in 2012 and about 20,000 voting in 2008.

The party had 60,000 ballots printed this year and then warned caucus sites to be prepared to print more.

Several hundred Kansas Republicans wait in line inside Olathe South High School to sign in to vote in the Kansas' Republican presidential caucus, March 5, 2016.Credit: AP

Sanders projected to win Kansas' Democratic caucus

The Kansas Democratic Party says Bernie Sanders has won its presidential caucuses.

The party made the announcement Saturday night, but did not release any vote count or results. The Associated Press has not called the race in Kansas as it waits for those results.

A pre-caucus rally Thursday for the Vermont senator in the liberal bastion of Lawrence drew several thousand people.

His backers overcame support for rival Hillary Clinton from former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and other Democratic establishment figures in the state.

Cruz collects at least 23 Kansas delegates, Trump wins nine

Ted Cruz won most of the delegates in the Kansas Republican caucuses, collecting at least 23. Donald Trump won at least nine delegates and Marco Rubio got at least five.

There are still three delegates to be allocated in Kansas.

There are a total of 155 delegates at stake in four states Saturday: Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine. No GOP delegates have yet been allocated in any of the other states.

In the overall race for delegates, Trump has 338 and Cruz has 254. Marco Rubio has 115 delegates and John Kasich has 25.

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

Ted Cruz makes a speech at a campaign rally on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas.Credit: AFP

Trump says he would loosen laws on torture, if elected

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he wants to loosen the laws that limit the use of torture if he's elected to the White House.

Speaking at a rally Saturday in Orlando, Florida, Trump says "we're going to have those laws broadened, because we are playing with two sets of rules -- their rules and our rules."

Trump adds, "We're going to stay within the law, but we're going to increase it."

Trump this week appeared to reverse his stance on the use of torture after he was criticized by top Republican national security experts. He had previously advocated killing the wives and children of violent Islamic extremists, as well as bringing back waterboarding, a practice discontinued by the Obama administration.

Trump said this week in a statement that he would "use every legal power ... to stop these terrorist enemies," but he vowed not to order military or other officials to violate international law.

Donald Trump speaks to the crowd asking them to take a pledge to promise to vote for him during a campaign rally, March 5, 2016.Credit: AP

John Kasich releases partial tax returns for seven years

Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich released his partial tax returns for the past several years on Saturday, joining Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz among the GOP candidates to make public such personal financial records.

The Ohio governor's tax returns from 2008 to 2014 were posted to his campaign's website. They show Kasich has paid roughly 31 percent of his income in federal taxes.

In those seven years, Kasich and his wife, Karen, reported more than $5.3 million in total income. That includes money Kasich earned as governor, as a public speaker, a board member, an author, a Lehman Brothers employee, a Fox News commentator and from the couple's investments, his campaign said.

Since winning the governor's office in 2011, the Kasichs' total income reported has ranged from $706,043 to $313,705.

Like Rubio and Cruz, Kasich only released the first two pages of his federal 1040 form. Not included in the disclosure are other parts of his returns, including the documents that detail his deductions. Those records would shed additional light on Kasich's charitable contributions, for example.

John Kasich speaks at a rally in Traverse City, Mich., March 5, 2016. Credit: AP

Cruz: The scream you hear from D.C. is utter terror at what we're doing together

By the time Ted Cruz took the stage for a campaign rally in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, he was already the winner of the Kansas caucuses. And he was in the mood to celebrate.

"And the scream you hear, the howl that comes from Washington, D.C., is the utter terror at what we the people are doing together," Cruz told a crowd of about 1,600 people who packed into a county fairgrounds building.

Idaho votes on Tuesday, but Cruz was hoping to collect more victories on Saturday. He even got ahead of himself, telling the crowd "God bless Kansas and God bless Maine" — even though there is no winner yet in Maine.

Cruz told reporters after his speech that a win in the GOP nominating race by Donald Trump "in all likelihood" would lead to a Hillary Clinton presidency.

He says "65 to 70 percent of Republicans believe Donald Trump is not the best candidate to go head to head with Hillary Clinton."

Trump makes crowd raise right hand and swear to vote for him

Donald Trump asked the crowd at an Orlando, Florida campaign rally to raise their hand and vow to vote for him in the state's upcoming primary.

"Raise your right hand. I do solemnly swear that I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions -  if there's hurricanes or whatever - will vote, on or before the 12th for Donald J. Trump for president,"  Trump said as the crowd repeated his words.

Earlier Saturday, renowned comedian Louis C.K. urged fans not to vote for the "insane bigot" Trump, saying "the guy is Hitler."


Cruz projected to win Kansas' GOP caucus

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas, adding to his wins in Iowa, Alaska, Oklahoma and his home state of Texas.

Cruz's victory in Kansas is the first result on a day in which Republicans are voting or holding caucuses in four states.

Among his supporters in Kansas was a 52-year-old engineer at an aviation company, David Cox. He caucused for Cruz in Wichita and says he picked Cruz because he believes he "stands for strong morals, conservative values."

Cox says he initially favored Ben Carson for the GOP nomination, but switched his vote to Cruz after the retired neurosurgeon dropped out of the race this week

Ted Cruz wins 2016 CPAC straw poll

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas beat out rivals in the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll as the first-choice pick for the U.S. presidency. 

A total of 2,659 attendees were surveyed, with Cruz snagging the first-place slot with 40 points, followed by rivals Marco Rubio with 30 points and Republican national front-runner Donald Trump with 15. The election will be held in November. 

Ted Cruz at CPAC 2016 in National Harbor, MD, March 4, 2016.Credit: AFP

Trump to Kansas crowd: 'The Republicans are eating their own'

How does Donald Trump compare running for president with his other job — businessman and developer?

"This is better than real estate. This is more fun," he tells a crowd in Wichita, Kansas, before the start of the state's Republican presidential caucuses.

Trump ditched a planned speech at a conference of conservatives in the Washington area so he could make one last stop in Kansas.

The GOP front-runner tells his supporters: "After making this huge U-turn to Kansas, if I lose, I'm going to so angry at you."

Establishment figures are frantically looking for any way to stop Trump, perhaps at a contested convention.

Trump says "the Republicans are eating their own. They've got to be very careful. We have to bring things together."

Donald Trump makes a speech at a campaign rally on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas.Credit: AFP

Kasich says he won't hurl insults at Trump

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says a sure way to grab the spotlight for his campaign would be to hurl insults at front-runner Donald Trump — but he won't take the bait.

"I'm with Harry Potter — I'm not going to the dark side." That's what he tells reporters after a rally in Traverse City, Michigan. The state's presidential primary is Tuesday.

The Ohio governor says voters care about substance and experience and he insists that his prospects are improving as the campaign moves into his home turf.

He calls Ohio "the crown jewel."

Kasich says he expects to win enough delegates elsewhere to help deny Trump a majority and enable the GOP convention to select the nominee.

John Kasich speaks at a rally in Traverse City, Mich., March 5, 2016. Credit: AP