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>> all right. john, thanks very much. right now we're standing by for the first votes out of florida on this super tuesday. this ecould be released at any moment now. that's when the state of florida will start releasing official votes, even though the polls remain open in the state of florida. we're also looking ahead to the half hour where we may be able to reveal the first winners of the night. when polls are closed down in ohio and north carolina. the presidential candidates in both parties are battling for nearly a third of the delegates needed to win their respective nominations. it's a critically important night. we're watching all of this very closely. jake, i've got to tell you, we're going to get the official numbers very, very soon. the first official numbers released by the state of florida. >> that's right. any minute now. on this make-or-break super tuesday, we have correspondents at all the candidates' headquarters, they're standing about i right now. let's go to jim acosta at trump headquarters in palm beach, florida. and jim, they've got to be on
pins and needles there. big states coming down tonight. >> absolutely. i talked to a top trump campaign official here in florida who said they will win florida. will it be as big as the 20-point margins in the polls? they don't think so. i talked to a separate top trump campaign official who said look at ohio, they're looking at numbers that are being shared with them from the kasich campaign. this esay they're getting internal numbers from the kasich campaign. it shows john kasich should win the state of ohio. they're not going to get the clean sweep of the pord board like they were hoping for early in the process. they won't get the one-on-one with ted cruz like they were hoping for tonight. but they feel like a knockout punch here in florida. knocking marco rubio out of the race. it gets it down to three candidates. and they feel kasich should be easy pickings. we'll probably hear about this later on here at the news conference -- we're in a huge
ball room. to give you a sense of the landscape here. we're in the press section of this press conference taking place later on tonight. there are only two rows for the press. 16 rows for trump supporters going up to the front of the ball room. this will be half election party and half press conference coming up in a couple of hours. >> let's slide south now down the peninsula to miami where we find our own sarah murray. she's with rubio's headquarters. sarah, obviously marco rubio has said, no matter what, he's going to state in the race. but this is his home state, he really needs a win. ? that's right, jake. in the last 24 hours, he has said that florida's not a must-win. he said he must go on to utah, irrespective of what happens here tonight. jake, as you and i both know, this is what candidates need to say as they go into the election nights, even if they're looking at a potential loss. can rubio afford to continue
campaigning if he loses in florida. we're hearing from donors they're not willing to funnel a bunch more money into rubio's campaign if he does lose. one said, everyone i speak to thinks it's-after tonight. sentiment coming from his donor world. marco rubio hasn't actually spent money up here on airwaves in florida. he's left it up to the super pacs supporting him. even they have not reserved air time past tuesday. >> let's go to the political director, david chalian, who is in the cnn election center. david, you're looking at the exit polls and looking specifically at what was on the minds of florida voteders as they went to vote today. >> more specifically, jake, looking at the racial breakdown of republican primary voters in florida, because this is the most diverse state we've seen so far in the republican contest this spire year. take a look how the racial breakdown works in florida today among republicans.
77% of them are white, 3% are african-american, and 17% are latino. remember, of course, marco rubio and ted cruz both on the ballot there. marco rubio the home state senator there. that is an uptick from latino turnout from 2012. and 2012, it was mostly white. we asked about immigration. take a look at this. a majority of voters, 55% of republican primary voters in florida, believe that illegal immigrants working in the u.s. should be offered legal status. only 35% take what is sort of the donald trump position here, and say that they should be deported to their home country. >> fascinating stuff, david chalian, cnn election center. dana, this is one of the things we've seen all along, this republican election season, which is, a majority of republican voters actually are much more moderate on this issue of illegal immigration.
than donald trump is. yet he continues to dominate in these primaries and caucuses. >> that's right. it's not so much about the i, but the overwhelming emotion of anger. and wanting to have a total disruption in washington. and the big institutions that run this country. you know, just back to what sarah was reporting, there is no question that there is a feeling of depression, despair, inevitability inside the rubio campaign. people who are close to him. unless there's a huge surprise tonight, they are preparing for the worst. and the worst being losing his home state and likely not continueding on. now, he has said all day today he's going to continue on to utah. he's got the schedule in place. we'll see if that happens. >> we'll see if that happens. marco rubio obviously had a very optimistic future looking message. and that does not appear to be where a majority of the
republican electorate is. wolf blitzer, you have a key race alert. >> let's do a key race alert right now, the first of the night. let's look in florida right now. 1% of the vote has already been released. donald trump has a significant lead. 62.3%. 17.9% for marco rubio. the senator from florida. ted cruz, 14.3%. john kasich with only 3.8%. this is extremely early. you see very small numbers have been coming in in florida right now. these are the first official numbers coming in on the republican side. on the democratic side, also, very, very early. hillary clinton has a slight lead, 50.2%, 41.1%. it's only a few hundred votes have been counted so far in florida. so we'll continue to watch. that's our first key race alert of the night, anderson. >> wolf, thanks very much. gloria, we've been hearing from marco rubio saying it's harder and harder to guarantee he would support the nominee if in fact
it's donald trump. john kasich last night when i asked him about this as well, he was hedging his bets saying, i'll have something to say about that in the days ahead. it sounds as if there's some sort of shift going on. >> i think he will. and i think he has to. i think that john kasich, if he wins the state of ohio, which it looks like he's headed towards winning, he has to now come out and take on donald trump as others have. he has not done that so far. >> he started doing it just yesterday for the first time saying, look, i for the first -- claiming for the first time he starred reading what donald trump had said. >> he's been busy. he's been really busy campaigning. >> he said he doesn't watch the news, he watches the golf channel. that's what i read. >> i would, too, if i was running for president. >> if john kasich does win in ohio, clearly he would hope to
become the anti-trump. >> yes. i mean, i think that's the plan the it's a little tough, look, john king put the map up, speculating on what might happen tonight. and there was one little purple state there, that was ohio among a sea of other colors, mostly trump. and so, you know, you're building from a base of nothing. if john kasich wins tonight, it will be the first win he will have in this entire primary season. so it's hard to see building on that, what he can do is play a role in preventeding donald trump from becoming the nominee. >> also, michael, every time i've talked to him, i've asked him, you say if you win ohio, then what -- it's kind of amorphous his path forward. the narrative will change, i'll get a lot more attention, i'll get a lot more interviews, i'll have the wind at my back. >> it's difficult to see a path that any of them have to 1,237 delegate votes before cleveland
except donald trump. a school of thought is a trump win, a kasich win in ohio, and the field continues to be divided. >> let's check it out. we just fought more official numbers coming in from the state of florida on the republican side. still very early. donald trump, there you see it, 5% of the vote is now in. donald trump has a lead of hp.1% to 22% for marco rubio, 15% for ted cruz, 7.7% for john kasich. a lead of 26,700 for donald trump right now, with 5% of the vote in. these are votes, these are really absentee or early voters in florida. on the democratic side, now 7% of the vote has been counted. hillary clinton has a significant lead. 57.3%, to 40.4% for bernie sanders. she's up right now by about 18,700 votes. that's a significant lead. 7% of the vote is in right now. once again, we're waiting at the bottom of the hour, only a few
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numbers. donald trump has a lead of almost 62,000 votes right now. 12% of the vote is in. the lead just went up. on the democratic side, 14% of the vote has been released officially by the state of florida. 62.2% for hillary clinton, 35.4% for bernie sanders. once again, these are official numbers being released by the state of florida at the top of the hour. all the polls in florida will be closed, and maybe we'll be able to make a projection then. anderson? >> all right, wolf. paul begala, and jeffrey lord is with us, van jones, former white
house official, conservative writer and commentator as well. paul, begin commenting. what are you looking for tonight? obviously it's looking good for donald trump and hillary clinton in florida. it's early on. >> very early. i think the democratic race has more clarity. hillary clinton coming in with a large delegate lead. the republican side is so exciting, though, because we've had this talk for months now. it's a demolition derby. with ecould see 38-car pileup. i'm hoping for that, frankly. it's likely, if john kasich shows strength that he i think has -- >> if kasich wins ohio. >> if kasich wins ohio, then you have the kind of calamity that i've been praying for. >> that would be the only state he's won. >> it would be. it would be one more than me, which would be fine. not enough to win. but enough to keep donald trump
perhaps from winning a majority of delegates going into the cleveland convention. then you have what i never believed we would see, open convention. >> i think the thing to watch in ohio, and we learned a lot i think out of the michigan primary, and trump wins there. i talked about this earlier. very afluent, very well educated, not a place he was supposed to win. if he duplicates that in ohio, like lake forest, outside chicago, i don't see where he can't win. he's already going to get sort of the blue collar, i think, the blue collar voters. those are the places that would be the holdout. so i think as we get to see the returns coming in, and john king, of course, will keep us updated, that will tell us a lot about the remember of the map tonight. >> van? >> well, for the bernie sanders
rebels tonight is everything. the big requequestion was, was fluke, outlier, or the first domino in the industrial midwest? the argument that the sanders people are trying to make is simply this, hillary won a bunch in the south. and who cares. because democrats don't win in the south. the key for the democrats' victory in the fall will be the rust belt. can you win in michigan. can you win in pennsylvania. can you win in ohio, or do you let donald trump redraw the map. if he can put michigan and now ohio in his column, he can make an argument -- >> doesn't it argue against the importance of the african-american voters, of latino voters? in ohio, overwhelmingly white. and in many of these industrialized states. >> listen, obviously in our party, the african-american vote is very important. it's much more important in the south obviously for the primary than in the north. the reality is, he did much
better among african-americans in michigan than people expected. he split the young black vote. that was not the same that you saw in the south. but here's the deal, if, on the other hand, hillary clinton is able to beat him in ohio, once again, we are where we are last week, the rationale collapses. because she can win in the south, in the north, red states, purple states and blue states. tonight issing for bernie sanders. >> jeffrey, again, a remind eof you looking at the numbers here, hillary clinton way out in front in florida. early voting, polls still open in the panhandle. >> yeah. it is beginning to seem like it's going to be a trump/clinton race. we're seeing two sides of the sword here. marco rubio loses florida and loses credibility. john kasich wins ohio. but still people think he has credibility, he is the governor of ohio, for heavens sakes.
>> do polls point, if kasich does in fact win ohio, then the chances of there being some sort of a brokered convention, some sort of a deal? >> i think there are people scheming as we speak to try to arrange that. i really do think that. whether or not they will succeed is a whole other story. there would be such an incredible backlash if the perception was afoot that they were in any way monkeying with this and succeeded. >> because already, i mean, we talked about this before, we've seen in the polls already, among voters, there's huge dissatisfaction, distrust of their own party leaders. >> one of the thing i learned when i was home this weekend, i write a monthly column, on a front page that 46,000 democrats had registered to vote in the republican primary in april. and the comment was, obviously, that there's something going on here. i've seen trump people say
that's why they're doing it. >> another alert right now. we're getting more numbers from the state of florida. 16% of the vote now officially in in florida. donald trump has a very impressive lead. 48% to 23%, 23.5% for marco rubio, 15.8%, 7.3% for john kasich. more than 90,000 votes right now in florida. on the democratic side, 18% of the vote is in. hillary clinton has a very impressive lead at the same time. 62.2% for hillary clinton, 35.3% for bernie sanders. she has a lead of more than 75,000 votes right now. remember, we're only minutes away from our chance to project winners on this super tuesday. will john kasich pull off his first victory in his home state of ohio and deliver a blow to donald trump. we could find out very soon. stay with us. ♪
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122,000 votes more marco rubio. critical numbers for rubioment look at the map. you see the dark red. that's donald trump, the counties where he's winning impressively right now in tampa, orlando. you see rubio down at least in miami, that's his home county in dade county in miami right there, so we're watching these maps. we're watching the numbers. so far, a huge lead, very impressive lead for donald trump in florida. let's look at the democratic side right now. on the democratic side, also an extremely impressive lead for hillary clinton over bernie sanders. she's got almost -- she's got more than twice as many votes as bernie sanders right now. at 65.8%. he's only at 31.6%. she has a lead of 157,000. the numbers have just changed. third of the vote is now in. her lead has actually gone up to 66%, 31% for bernie sanders. she has a lead of 183,000 votes
right now, with a third of the vote in in florida. the polls all close in florida at the top of the hour. you see the map right now, the dark blue is hillary clinton. the counties she's leading in right now. light blue, maybe only three counties right now that is bernie sanders. but very impressive, the hillary clinton lead is growing as we speak right now. 66.1% to 31.6%. we're counting down to the bottom of the hour. and our first chance to project winners on this make-or-break super tuesday, that's when the polls close in ohio and north carolina. in ohio, we're watching one of the most suspenseful matchups of the night. donald trump battling with the state's governor, john kasich for ohio's winner take all bonanza of delegates. a win for kasich would likely keep his campaign going. for the democrats, hillary clinton is favored in ohio.
but bernie sanders is hoping to score an upset as he did a week ago in michigan, another big industrial state. let's go over to john king at the magic wall. he's taking a close look at florida for us right now. big leads right now for hillary clinton and donald trump. very impressive leads. >> a big chunk of the early vote released quickly. 29% of the vote. marco rubio's home state, by all accounts, make or break night for marco rubio. 32% of the vote in now, wolf. 120,000-plus vote lead for donald trump. even after the votes start to come in, marco rubio would have to win election day, and win it big to make up that gap. showing here's this and here's that, the only place at the moment, we have zero percent in, just a few votes, 60,000 votes or so, marco rubio winning at home in miami-dade county. 63% of the vote in the early returns there. but again, just 0%. when you look at the entire
state, at the moment trump is winning everywhere. you would look up here to see ted cruz run strong up here, georgia/alabama border, does he run strong among the evangelical voters. in the early returns, cruz shy of 16%. donald trump at 45%. we've seen this in many other states. you essentially have an all-trump map. because trump runs it pretty big. the state of georgia, south carolina. in the early results in florida are filling in, much as we have seen across this region of the country with consistent widespread, very broad trump coalition, trump winning in the suburbs around tampa, winning in the rural areas. we'll see as we get more of the vote in. quickly, in the hospital of this conversation, up to 35% statedwide in florida. and donald trump is running it up pretty big. let's flip it over to the democratic side. a little bit of bernie sanders in the another parted of the state. but hillary clinton, the map beginning to fill in. number one, very important for
her. miami-dade, 13%, winning with 80% there. broward county, if you work up the coast, she's winning with 75%. early returns in. if this stays clinton blue down here, that's a good night for her. the rest of the challenge for her is across tampa, orlando, daytona beach area. hillsboro county, 23% of the vote in. that's a significant number early on. 65% to 32%. orange county, orlando area, 6% of the state population, latino vote heavy in this area as well. as we pull out to the map and look 44%, that's a quick count in florida so far with the early voted coming in. 66% to 31% at the moment. we'll see what happens as more votes come in the the map is filling in just as hillary clinton would like. this would suggest a big delegate coup for her and early lead for donald trump in a state
that could send marco rubio exiteding the race. >> we're counting down to the bottom of the hour right now. when the polls close in ohio. winner take all for republicans. the polls close in north carolina the we're about to release a cnn exit poll information. we cannot make a projection. we have a key election estimate here. based on the exit poll information, john kasich, 45%. donald trump, 38%. ted cruz 14%. it's tight in ohio on the republican side. once again, no projection, even though the polls are closed in ohio. on the democratic side, hillary clinton based on the exit poll information, she's at 53%. bernie sanders 46%. we cannot make a projection. we cannot make a projection in either of these contests in ohio. or democratic side and republican side. let's take a look at north carolina right now. in north carolina, look how tight it is.
based on the cnn exit poll estimates. donald trump 39%. ted cruz 35%. john kasich 13%. very tight in north carolina. based on the exit polls. on the democratic side, 54% for hillary clinton, 42% for bernie sanders. remember, these are exit polls. the polls are closed in north carolina and ohio. we cannot make projections. remember, these exit polls are estimates based on our early survey of voters as they left their polling locations. the final outcome may be different. we expect the numbers in fact to change throughout the night. let's get a key race alert on what's going on in florida right now. take a look at this. polls still open in florida for another half hour or more. 45.5% for donald trump. it just changed. donald trump has a lead of almost 200,000 votes. 46.1% over rubio's 26.7%, 15.8% for cruz, 6.7% for john kasich.
on the democratic side, a very impressive lead right now for hillary clinton. 289,000 vote lead over bernie sanders. 66.9%, 30.9% for bernie sanders. remember, these are numbers that are being released in the state of florida. all the polls in florida don't close until the top of the hour. jake, clearly there are races under way right now in ohio, in north carolina, where the polls have closed. >> that's right. at least according to the exit polls, there's nail boiters there in ohio and north carolina. but boy, look at the numbers out of florida. devastating for marco rubio. and jim acosta, this was obviously rubio's home turf. we have not called the state yet, but the early numbers coming in look pad for him. donald trump seemed to be in a rather celebratory mood, at least based on his twitter feed. >> that's right. he's already declared victory in
florida on twitter, jake, even though we have not declared any winner in the state of florida. but you're right, they are feeling very good inside the trump campaign about what is going to happen here in florida tonight. talked to a top trump campaign official here in the state of florida who said, we may not win by 20 points. well, look at the polls, or look at the results as they're coming in right now. it looks as though they might meet or beat what the polling was forecasting coming into the super tuesday. why is donald trump doing so well in florida? they feel inside the trump operation in florida, it comes down to one issue, and that is um gragimmigration. they feel they were able to beat up rubio on immigration. part of the gang of 8 legislation from years past. donald trump used that again and again to beat up marco rubio and gain an advantage here in florida, where a lot of voters in south florida, a strong immigrant population here. but in northern florida, not so
much. the demographics changes, and so do the attitudes when it comes to immigration. as for the state of ohio, very interesting dynamic taking place there. they said john kasich may have a good night in ohio, but this person also said john kasich always wins his elections in ohio so it's not surprising to see john kasich do so well there. the question inside the trump campaign is where does john kasich go from here. he may win ohio tonight, but what other state on this map does he win in order to put together some kind of argument that he can be viable for the nomination, jake. >> of course, florida is a winner take all state, all 99 republican delegates go to the winner there. six yeg, marco rubio running for senate was a strong candidate. he basically chased the incumbent republican governor out of the party and won the primary nomination with 85% of the vote. different thing going on right now in florida for marco rubio. let's turn to the democratic race.
brianna keilar is with the clinton campaign. good night in florida so far with the numbers coming in, but looks like it's going to be much closer race in ohio and north carolina, at least based on our exit polls. >> reporter: yeah, certainly a closer race. i think the clinton campaign would welcome those numbers that show her with a slight lead from the exit polling. i tell you, here in florida it's starting to feel -- you can hear it, sounding more like a party. there's been a band playing pit bull tunes. it's very clear that florida democrats are coming out here in force for hillary clinton. her campaign making the case that this is very important, maybe even more important than these midwestern contests. because it shows, they say, that she is a better general election candidate. that she can court nonwhite voters, and that that ultimately is what is really going to matter. but make no mistake about it, if she loses ohio, that is really going to hurt her. if she can win ohio, if she can
win florida, these two big delegate-rich states, the campaign thinks she has a better case to say to bernie sanders, hey, you cannot catch up. important to remind our viewers unlike republicans, both florida and ohio are not winner take all for democrats. so as long as it remains close in ohio, they can roughly split the delegates. here in florida, with hillary clinton doing so well compared to bernie sanders, she would increase her delegate lead, with ewould expect, with a big win here. >> brianna keilar, at clinton campaign headquarters in west palm beach, florida. >> let's get to the key race alert right now. take a look at this. we've got democratic numbers coming in from north carolina. first of all, hillary clinton has a significant lead. 64% to 34.3% for bernie sanders. her lead is about 13,532 right now. 4% of the vote is in. on the republican side in north carolina, 1%, if that, only a handful of votes are in.
but donald trump has the lead of 40.1% over ted cruz, 32%, john kasich 14.4%, and marco rubio 10.9%. trump has a lead in north carolina. also in north carolina, on the democratic side, 6% of the vote is now in. hillary clinton maintains her lead over bernie sanders, 64.2% to 33.9%. she's got a lead of almost 21,000 in north carolina. you just saw north carolina on the republican side. we have another key race alert in florida right now. let's take a look at florida. look at this. more than half of the vote is now in. donald trump has a very impressive lead. 45.8% for donald trump, 27.3% for the senator from florida, marco rubio. just changed a little bit. 27.2%. cruz in third place, kasich with 6.8%. donald trump has a lead of more
than 235,000 votes in florida right now. 53% of the vote is in. 58% of the vote is in on the democratic primary results. hillary clinton has a significant lead, even a bigger lead. she's at 66.6%, bernie sanders only at 31.2%. her lead is 325,848 votes right now in florida. that's an extremely impressive lead. florida, the florida polls will all close, in the panhandle and central part of the state at the top of the hour. we'll see what happens then. again, you can see in florida, on the republican side, trump with a very impressive lead. on the democratic side, 66.6% for hillary clinton, 31% for bernie sanders. let's go back to jake. >> thanks, wolf. let's go to david chalian in the cnn election center. as you pore over the data coming in, one of the things we're looking for is the assumption is
republican voters are not pleased with how things are going, but how displeased are they? >> right. we're looking at the close races in ohio and north carolina on the republican side. we want to start seeing what is making these races close. you're right, jake, the anger, dissatisfaction factor plays into this. in ohio, among the voters who are dissatisfied with the federal government, not angry, but dissatisfied, 53% of the electorate. john kasich wins big 53% to trump's 31% to cruz 14%. if you look at the angry electorate voters in ohio, those are trump voters. they only make up roughly about 4 in 10 voters in the ohio republican primary. look at north carolina. similar trend we're seeing. this time with ted cruz on top of the dissatisfied voters. 40% to trump's 32%, rubio at 12%, and kasich at 12%. they make up 53% of the north
carolina electorate. look at the angry vote in north carolina. there's donald trump on top again, with 52% of the angry voters. cruz at 30%. kasich at 9% and rubio at 6%. they make up about 40% of the electorate. if you are in the majority of a dissatisfied voter, you tend to go for the nontrump person in that state, in north carolina that's cruz. in ohio that's kasich. but if you are an angry voter, you are a donald trump voter in both of these states tonight. >> david chalian, thank you. dana, i remember a few debates ago, donald trump was asked about his demeanor which often seems bombastic on the campaign trail. and he fully embraced the mantle of angry. >> that's so true. i was watching david's reporting there and the numbers thinking back to 2014, covering ted cruz on the senate floor when he was the one who embodied all of the anger at washington.
and little did he know then that donald trump would come along and capture the angry sentiment out there. and that he would be left with the merely dissatisfied. it's kind of remarkable. >> there are other candidates who we've seen come and go, who were vessels for apger in some ways. senator rand paul, governor chris christie. but someone was in the angry lane. donald trump crowding them out completely. and rand paul and chris christie became footnotes in this campaign. >> it really is so true. it was hard to imagine, again, just a couple of years ago that that would happen. but it is hard to compete with somebody who was willing to say, and willing to do the things that a nonpolitician, someone who is donald trump does. it's just the bottom line. that's why even ted cruz at the beginning was embracing donald trump, hoping if he ever fell, ted cruz would get those voters. it didn't happen. >> it's also a side observation about senator marco rubio who had a much sunnier optimistic
message. >> as you said before, voters don't want that. >> dissatisfied and in many cases angry. >> let's go over to john king at the magic wall. looking at north carolina right now, the polls are closed in north carolina. 8% of the vote is in. hillary clinton has a significant lead. we have not yet made a projection in north carolina. >> we want to see the votes come in. if you look at the other primaries, in the surrounding area, hillary clinton done well. african-american votes, charlotte, be big pocket of african-american votes in here. early lead for her there if you're the clinton campaign. this is how you want the map to fill in. you see a little bit of bernie sanders out here in the rural areas. madison county, very tiny county right along the border. that's where you would expect bernie sanders to do well. no the a big area for hillary clinton, up in the research triangle in the raleigh-durham
area, places where you have significant african-american votes. she hopes to do well in the higher college educated women up in these areas. i want to pull back out and look. this has been her area. the southern states where you have the more diverse electorate, hillary clinton's wheel house so far in the democratic primaries. looks like it's filling in for north carolina for her as well. and florida as well. you see the map filling in convincingly for hillary clinton. north carolina republicans, take a quick look. donald trump 60%. 46% of the vote. the only place rubio is winning at home in miami-dade right now. north carolina, take a peek there as well. this one's closer early on. 6% of the vote in. trump winning with 41% now. 30% for ted cruz. kasich running a third. rubio disappointing fourth place in north carolina at the moment. just 6% of the voting on the republican side. no conclusions can be drawn from this. but just early on, suburbs key
to the establishment mainstream republican, donald trump winning at the moment right now. the early results look good for donald trump in north carolina. like hillary clinton, look at the surrounding neighborhood. that's been his wheel house so far. we'll count the votes and see. >> we have a key race alert right now. it looks like in ohio, 1% of the vote is now in. barely 1%. very, very early. donald trump has a lead, 47.3% over governor john kasich, 33.9%. once again, very, very early. you see only a couple thousand, 3,000 votes are in. trump has the lead, though, with less than 1% of the vote in. on the democratic side, 1%, also very, very early. hillary clinton has a significant lead, 71.4%. tiny amount of numbers coming in from ohio right now. a huge prize tonight, ohio.
>> no doubt about that. florida as well. and david axelrod, shaping up for donald trump to be a very good night, particularly in the state of florida. not so much marco rubio. what does rubio do now? >> well, i want to quote my friend across the way here, dan jones, who said last week this could shape up to be good-bye rubio tuesday. and i think that's about right. i don't know how he continues in this race. he is not -- not only is he losing his home state, but he's getting nothing anywhere else. the only rationale for him to remain would be to be part of this kind of plot to deprive donald trump of the delegates he needs to get elected. but i would think that he would get out. and he might even get out tonight. >> if you're going to be part of a plot to stop trump, you have to pay for it. and i think if you're a funder, right now, of marco rubio, you have to be saying, i'm not going to throw more money away.
now, there's a possibility that you could just withdraw sort of, you know, suspend your campaign if you wanted to play some games about not freeing up your delegates. but then again, to the voters, it looks like -- >> the other thing is, if you want to be part of the plot to stop trump, you actually have to win delegates. which had's not doing. >> what extraordinary epic collapse for a campaign -- i remember "time" magazine, the republican savior they called marco rubio, there was a time, what was it, right before nevada, when it seemed like he was going to be the establishment candidate after jeb bush dropped out. and then he turned -- do you think it was the turning kind of using donald trump's rhetoric against -- >> i think two oops moments with regard to marco rubio. the first of them is the chris christie takedown. i think many voters looked at him ever since and wondered if there's any there there.
even marco rubio acknowledges he made a big mistake in getting in the gutter and fighting at donald trump's level. >> let's go quickly to wolf now and we'll come back to the panel. wolf? >> i'm here. let's could a key race alert right now. let's start off in florida. first of all, on the republican side. 63% of the vote is in. 45.9% for donald trump, 26.9% for marco rubio, 16.3% for ted cruz, the winner take all in florida. in ohio, less than 1% of the vote is in. trump has a lead there, 45.2%, kasich 34.5%, ted cruz 11.6%. in north carolina, 72 delegates are at stake there. 6% of the vote is in. trump has a lead there 41.4%, 31.5% for cruz, 13.4% for kasich. trump has a lead of 8,100 votes
or so. but only 6% of the vote is in. on the democratic side. in florida, on the democratic side, two-thirds of the vote is now in. hillary clinton has an impressive lead. 214 delegates are at stake for the democrats in florida. they don't close all the polls until the top of the hour. in ohio, less than 1% of the vote is in. hillary clinton has the lead there over bernie sanders. 68.1% to 30.6%. only about 11,000 or 12,000 votes are in. in north carolina, the polls are closed there. the votes are coming in significantly. 10% of the vote is in. it just changed, 62.1% for hillary clinton. 34.5% for bernie sanders. 10% of the vote is in. she's got a lead of almost 34,000 votes in north carolina right now. we're waiting for all the polls
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65% of the vote is in. trump with 46.1%. rubio at 26.7%. cruz 16.3%. trump is ahead by almost 300,000 votes in florida. remember, on the republican side, it's 9 9 delegates at stake, winner take all. big win potentially for donald trump tonight. in ohio 1% of the vote is in, kasich the governor has a lead over donald trump 40% to 35.7%. cruz in third place with 15.1%. it's early. only lead of 840 votes in ohio. 66 delegates on the republican side at stake. north carolina right now, 9 % of the vote is in. trump maintains his lead 40.9% to ted cruz's 33.4%. kasich in third place 12 president 6 . 12.6%. trump has a lead in north carolina right now. let's take a look an the democratic side, update you with a key race alert. in florida right now, hillary clinton maintains a very impressive lead, 69% of the vote
is in. 65.2%. bernie sanders only at 32.5%. she has a lead of 362,000 votes. her lead is more than bernie sanders has right now. that's in florida. lots of delegates at stake there. in ohio right now, 2% of the vote is in. it's beginning to come in. hillary clinton maintains a lead there, 6 6 .3%. bernie sanders 32 .1%. a lead of almost 10,000 votes in ohio but it's very, very early. north carolina, 13% of the vote is in. hillary clinton has a lead there. 58.7%. 37.9%. she's beating bernie sanders right now by more than 33,000 votes. 13% of the vote in north carolina is now in. we're counting down to the top of the hour. that's when the last polling places close on this very important primary night. that's when we may be able to project winners in florida, illinois, and missouri. here's what we're looking for. we just saw donald trump has a strong lead in early votes in florida.
he's hoping to deliver a knockout punch to marco rubio in the senator's home state. hillary clinton also is counting on turning her large lead in florida into a win. bernie sanders is looking at missouri as a state where he may be able to score a new upset victory. let's go back to jake. >> thanks, wolf. all eyes are on the front-runners, of course, and their leads in florida. let's go to jim acosta in donald trump headquarters in palm beach, florida, and jim, we're just minutes away from possibly calling the state of florida, but donald trump is not waiting for the media to call the state. he has already declared victory. >> reporter: that's right, jake. he's already declared victory on a tweet that he sent out about 20 minutes ago so he's way ahead of all the news organizations but probably has a right to. it looks like this is going to a big night for donald trump in florida. i can tell you from talking to top trump officials here in the state, you know, they say, yes, trump has big-name recognition, big name identification across the state.
consider all the properties that he has here. the tens of billions of dollars that are generated at those properties. the thousands of people who are employed at those properties like the one we're in right now, mar-a-lago in west palm beach. you know, that is one reason why they say donald trump almost feels like florida is a home-state advantage for him despite the fact this is marco rubio's home state. you know, he also is very heavily connected and invested in local republican parties across the state mooe. he's going to be dining with the palm beach gop later on this weekend. >> let's go from the republican front-runner in palm beach to the democratic front-runner in west palm beach where we find brianna keilar with the clinton campaign. >> reporter: hi there, jake. looking at this big lead, this is what the clinton campaign expected, expect a big win here. that's why hillary clinton is in west palm beach and emphasizing the state of florida. the campaign is saying they're looking tonight from florida as the they expect this to be announced
in her favor, toward arizona where they think they'll be able to make the case if she can carry the favor of a diverse electorate here in florida, she'll be able to do the same in arizona and you can see the crowd getting very excited here in florida. cnn is playing on the big screen. wolf, to you. >> all right, brianna, thanks very much. i want to go back to john king. john, the top of the hour we may be able to start making projections on cnn. >> if you look at the map the way it's filling in right now, north carolina and florida. florida, 69 % of the vote counted. fast count in florida. if you're in the marco rubio war-room and looking at these numbers, that's incredibly steep math to look up when you're at 70% of the vote. donald trump filling in the map everywhere except marco rubio's home, miami-dade county, marco rubio is from west miami. 75% of the vote in there. marco rubio with a healthy lead back home here. if you look at the rest of the state, it's quite bleak. i was talking to people earlier today who said, wolf, actually
marco rubio a couple weeks back got warnings from friends that the florida operation wasn't in top shape, checked in his staff and told him not to worry. if the results keep up like this tonight, senator rubio not a happy camper. can he stay on if the numbers hold up and has a disappointing huge loss in his home state in the expectation is that will not be the case. if you flip over to the democratic side, this is filling in just as hillary clinton would have liked it. it's a big basket of delegates. she's winning just about everywhere. some bernie sanders support up in the northern part of the state. working class areas up there. hillary clinton right now with 76% of the vote in at 65% looking very strong there. let's take a quick peek at north carolina. like florida, key general election battleground. what's so interesting about tonight, florida, north carolina, ohio, three of the big states will be contested come november, up tonight. again, the early map, 16%, now 17% in north carolina. 58% to 38% filling in just as hillary clinton would like it. especially in the areas where she's counting on a high p
percentage of african-american turnout. mecklenburg county, 66% of that. that map looking very good for hillary clinton at the moment. let's switch over and look at the republican race. right now senator cruz in at second place. you see him filling in in here, some of the cruz chlorophylling filling in out here. 13% of the vote counted. beginning to fill in for donald trump only at 13%. let's shift quickly to battleground ohio. see the purple there. that's john kasich for the first time he is leading a state in this campaign, his home state. he's the republican governor, of course, 8% of the vote counted. 45% to 31%. this would be a win for kasich if these numbers hold up. they'd keep him in the race. a lot of questions about where he goes next. certainly in the home state contest tonight, kasich ahead in the early returns. marco rubio well behind. decision time in rubio campaign headquarters. in the kasich campaign tonight, wolf, they're thinking if we get a win here, what's our spring board, where do we go from it and the early results in ohio just 8%, this is a state bernie sanders is hoping for tonight. the early results will cause cheer in the clinton campaign headquarters but a lot of votes
to count, wolf. >> at the top of the hour, all the polls will be closed and we got some critical information to release to all of our viewers. stand by. we've got some major projections to deliver at the top of the hour which is right now. a huge win, we project, for donald trump in florida. donald trump will win all 99, all 99 delegates, winner take all in florida. cnn projects donald trump is the big winner in florida tonight. huge win for donald trump. also in florida, another projection. hillary clinton, we project, also will win florida. a big win for hillary clinton in florida. this is an important moment for hillary clinton, important moment for donald trump. they both win florida. let's get a key race alert right now. we got key race alerts. we got a race under way in missouri, though, right now we cannot make projections, but based on the cnn exit poll estimates we have, look at this in missouri on the republican side, ted cruz is stl