Hattip to Father Z for the video which accurately reflects my opinion of the primaries thus far this year. Tonight we have primaries in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. If Trump takes both Florida and Ohio, both winner take all states, it is hard to see how he does not end up being the nominee. If he loses one, and if Cruz does well in North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri, we have a dog fight for the nomination. We’ll see soon enough.
Update 7:03 PM CST-Fox calls Florida for Trump. Rubio a lagging second. Bye, bye Rubio. Fox also calls Florida for Clinton.
Update 7:12 PM CST-Rubio speaking. Congratulates Trump for his victory in Florida. America is in the middle of a political storm. People are frustrated and angry. Left behind in the economy. People told they are bigots if they are against immigration. People are tired of being talked down to and looked down upon. (If he had been speaking with this type of passion throughout his campaign this might have been a very different night for him.) New economy offers opportunities but the transition is difficult. American can’t turn its back on the world or a dangerous chaos will result. The politics of resentment can only lead to a fractured nation. Nothing changed despite the voters giving Congress to the Republicans. Blames a political establishment that looks down on conservatives. A political establishment that confuses cronyism and capitalism. The nation needs a strong conservative movement, one that is based on ideas and principals and not upon anger and frustration. This was not the year for a hopeful and optimistic message. Parents of Rubio never became rich and famous but they realized the American dream through hard work and determination. Rubio announces suspension of his campaign. Rubio is out. (I predict we will hear more from Rubio in the future.) Rubio thanks God. God has a plan for all of our lives. Recites a prayer of King David.
Update 7:40 PM CST-Senior Rubio advisor just tweeted that it is now time for all conservatives to rally around Cruz.
Update 7:45 PM CST-Fox calls Ohio for Kasich. Fox calls Ohio for Clinton. Big defeat for Sanders. Trump probably loses his chance to come into the convention with enough delegates to win on the first ballot.
Update 8:00 PM CST-I will have mercy on you and not summarize Hillary’s victory
Update 8:20 PM CST-Kasich is speaking. Touts his performance as governor. Not leaving anyone behind. Great American legacy that our kids will be better than we are. People counted him out. (Sheesh, John, you’ve won one, count ’em one, primary.) On to Pennsylvania. Conservative principals work. (I think that there is a good chance that Kasich will be the Veep no matter who the nominee is. Ohio is absolutely essential for the Republicans in the fall.
Update 8:35 PM CST-Fox calls North Carolina for Trump with Cruz a close second. North Carolina is a proportional state in the awarding of delegates.
Update 8:43 PM CST-Boo! Fox calls Illinois for Trump. Doesn’t mean the delegates might not end up being closely divided between Cruz and Trump as awarding delegates is done largely by who wins each congressional district.
And with that I will be turning in. More updates in the wee hours tomorrow. Two events of significance thus far: Rubio is out and Trump did not win Ohio.
Update 4:47 AM CST-With 99% of the votes counted, Trump leads in the Missouri primary by less than 2000 votes. In Illinois Cruz came in eight points behind Trump. Trump probably owes his victory in Illinois to the idiot leftists who caused the cancellation of his Chicago rally and which received mammoth publicity here. In North Carolina less than four points separated Cruz and Trump.