Little drama tonight. Fox has called Mississippi and Michigan, the two big contests tonight, for Trump. In Mississippi, Cruz comes in second, with Kasich and Rubio bringing up the rear in a very distant third and fourth. In Michigan Kasich and Cruz are in a dogfight for second and Rubio brings up the rear for a distant fourth. A very bad night for Rubio.
Update: 12:40 AM CST-Cruz wins Idaho with 44%, Trump follows with 28%, then Rubio with 16% and Kasich with 7%. In Michigan Cruz narrowly defeats Kasich for second place. The votes are just beginning to be tallied in the Hawaii caucuses.
On the Democrat side Clinton won Mississippi decisively while Sanders took Michigan narrowly, establishing yet again that Clinton will owe her winning of the nomination to Sanders inability to keep much beyond ten percent of the black vote against Clinton. The Democrats in Idaho will hold their caucus on March 22.
A good night for Cruz and a bad night for Rubio. Both Trump and Clinton now find themselves locked in a nomination battle with a candidate who can defeat them in some states. Trump’s problem is that in a one on one battle with Cruz he likely would be losing most states. Time for Rubio to get out if he truly believes that Trump would be as bad for the country as he constantly states in his speeches.
Update: 4:21 AM CST-Trump wins the Hawaii caucuses, with Cruz second and Rubio and Kasich a distant third and fourth.