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and it's up to voters. >> reporter: as you know, jake, it's tricky because hillary clinton doesn't really have a leg to stand on with this. when she competed against then senator obama, she stayed in the r race all the way until june. correct the record, which is a super pac that backs hillary clinton and does at times coordinate with the campaign is definitely taking aim at bernie sanders, specifically if he's going to be staying in the race from here. >> all right, briana keilar, thank you so much. that is a difficult role for hillary clinton. you don't want to be pushing out or seem to be pushing out bernie sanders. he has every right to run. he's winning states, he remains winning states. he may well win missouri and of course she did the same thing in 2008 plus she needs bernie voters. she needs them to vote for her and she needs them to be enthusiastic for her. >> big time. it really is a pickle because
she wants -- >> that's the second pickle of the night. >> is it? what was the first pickle? >> it's a veritable vlasic jar. >> we digress. the point is that she really wants to turn to donald trump and to the republicans in general. primarily because it's a more natural target. it's in her comfort zone as opposed to someone running in her own party. the fact of the matter is there is a massive enthusiasm gap. the clinton campaign knows it. you want people who are out there, you know, doing whatever it takes for bernie sanders to say, you know what, she's not so bad. we can go out and do this for her at the end of the day if it means defeating a republican.
>> we have something happening that probably makes the republican party the biggest political party in the world. everybody's righting about it. all over the world they're talking about it. >> while this may not have been a year for a hopeful and optimistic message about our future, you better believe it's about an ot mystic future. >> we have a great opportunity and the people that are voting are democrats are coming in, independents are coming in and very, very importantly people that never voted before. it's an incredible thing. >> now is the time for republicans to unite for independents to unite, for libertarians to unite, for all of us who want a brighter future for our nation to come together and stand as one starting
tomorrow morning there is a clear choice. >> this is the campaign we've run, a campaign to be a president that would love all of the american people. even the ones that doesn't love you back. >> and so we bid the campaign of senator marco rubio adieu, but the campaign between cruz, kasich andsning. >> >> ernest and we shouldn't overstate the fact that donald trump has a tough challenge in winning 60% of the remaining delegates if he want to secure the nomination. it is possible. there are enough winner take all states that he could do it, it just won't be an easy thing do. >> however, the fact is he has b won -- you pointed out earlier the number of states. >> 18 out of 27. >> which is pretty remarkable given how many people -- he says it all the time and he does have a point how many people were in
this republican field when this started. we were joking at the last debate that there were four people and the very first time it was like 15 people and there were two debates. it does seem like it was three years ago, but it really wasn't. so given that and given where his momentum is and where his support is it is possible. >> it is possible if he continues to dominate the way that he dominated this evening or today, we still have one outstanding race, but it's four out of five and it may end up being five out of six, then it is possible he could win the take all states like wisconsin, like new jersey, like pennsylvania and maryland and delaware. if that does happen, then he could secure the nomination before the convention, but the entire republican establishment is going to try to prevent that from happening. >> the interesting question now that there is just john kasich in the race, whether or not that
apparatus will get behind him or whether as we had started to see when rubio was in the race, maybe ted cruz is right maybe it is a two man race and that kind of fractured thinking that led to par alice when there were those people in the race. >> after christie went into the trump camp and started supporting him and all the establishment republicans that were mad at chris christie who had been supportive of chris christie and this friend of christie's this supporter said all these establishment who are m mad at chris christie for going into the trump camp, where had they been? they needed to come out early, instead we were splitting the vote and donald trump was winning after whippiinning. so we'll see if the republican
establishment puts up or shuts up because i just haven't seen them doing what they say they're going to do. they just started to put in money. meanwhile donald trump has won 18 out of 27 contests. >> florida was a big loss for the anti-trump movement. and we were looking at illinois, they put money in there, didn't work. missouri, we'll see. it's too close to call, but it would be a huge loss. i was texting with somebody who was helping lead that effort and could you feel the nervousness through the text if donald trump wins missouri they feel like they're going to have trouble to continue to raise the cash and push forward because the argument isn't there as much. >> it was chicago, illinois where all that ruckus was happening on friday evening that caused the establishment to start to rip out its hair about the donald trump campaign and
cause john kasich to have his first critical words about donald trump and donald trump won illinois. >> it bolsters the argument that donald trump supporters are saying that what we saw in chicago on friday that protest was going to help the candidacy of donald trump. you were arguing strongly over the last couple of days. >> i can only say the republican establishment simply have no idea what they're doing and one of the things that strikes me here is that the base of the party was so far ahead of the quote, unquote, establishment and by that i mean not just members of congress and the republican national committee, but the whole consultant donor class were totally out of touch with these people and donald trump has struck such a nerve. he is doing very much what ronald reagan did, which is to say bringing in democrats into
the republican party. as i said early 46,000 in pennsylvania alone to vote in this primary that's coming up in april. there's this whole structure that's been built with all the policy papers and the think tanks and all this sort of stuff and this is beginning to collapse of its own weight here. >> to what jake and dana were talking about before, amanda where does the never trump movement -- they wake up tomorrow morning and do what? >> these people are making plans for a convention. people are going to start looking seriously at the delegates and figure out a way to organize them and figure out how this will work. i think reporters are going to be looking into this because this is where that's going. why is donald trump not the presumptive nominee? he has not unified the party. he has extended no olive branchs to members of the movement.
he insulted marco rubio and says you didn't win. at every turn goes to the bottom of the barrel and this is why he can't unite the party. >> he talks about uniting the party. >> he doesn't do it. even if we look tonight, the most controversial figure of his campaign team corey, who has been under fire, donald trump had him right behind him giving his victory speech sort of in the chris christie position. that was a signal. he is telling everyone i am not changing my campaign's behavior. you can go with me or against me, but i'm not changing. people will not get behind donald trump when he acts this way. >> i understand your point, but he's winning, they're not and his feeling is what do i have to apologize for. you're the people who are out to get me, you're running millions of dollars of ads against me so what do i have to apologize for.
>> people cannot envision supporting a nominee that does not condemn violence that happens before our very eyes. this is why they can't get on bad with him. he may be winning the states, but he is not winning the hearts and winds of the party. >> for donald trump he's still in the primary stage and his formula has allowed him to continue winning primaries. if he gets to 1237 and until he gets to 1237, he is in primary stage. to your question, until he gets to 1237 we are going to fight to the death with our last breath because the idea of donald trump is so upsetting to so many of us. >> here's the problem you have. ted cruz -- ted cruz is a factional candidate. he does well with some voters. john kasich is a factional
candidate. he does well with moderate to liberal republicans. and donald trump more than any of the others has bled into everybody else's base and has a solid base of his own. therefore it's going to be very hard to defeat him. >> i would have agreed with you two weeks ago that ted cruz was a factional but when he started growing on me like mold i would tell you maybe he's not as factional. if we start seeing him as the only alternative to donald trump, he becomes -- >> one at a time. >> ted cruz has not won voters who are not evangelicals in any state, including texas, with an exit poll. he may have won them in the small states like main and alaska, but any state big enough to measure he has not -- voters
are not evangelicals. today he let go north carolina, ohio, missouri, all of the majority evangelical states. there are very few left. so his best states based on his performance so far are behind him and as david said you have two narrow casting candidates. trump is bleeding across the party and he has this base where he's posting unbelievable numbers. >> we have another key race alert. >> three outstanding races right now. in missouri, look at how close it is right now. donald trump with 41%, ted cruz 40.7%. trump is ahead by 2,111 votes. 99% of the expected vote is in. donald trump has a small lead in missouri. on the democratic side look at how close it is.
49.9%, 49% for hillary clinton. bernie sanders is ahead by 4,779 votes. it's very close in missouri on the democratic side. it could go either way. in illinois it's close, but hillary clinton maintains her lead. she's got 50.6% to bernie sanders 48.6%. 95% of the vote is in. let's take a quick break. we'll see what happens in these three remaining contests when we come back. [weird dog moan/squeak] why not? [dog yawning/squeaking] no, we're not, we're not having barbecue... again. [quiet dog groan] why? because you're on four legs, and i'm on two... and i'm driving. that's why. [dog whine] sushi it is. ♪
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states won. donald trump has won three states tonight, florida, illinois and north carolina. florida winner take all. john kasich won ohio. 66 delegates. big win for john kasich. he stays in the race. hillary clinton, she's won three states so far, florida, north carolina and ohio. she really wanted florida and ohio. she won in the south. she had a clean sweep. let's look at a key race alert. there are still three contests outstanding right now. in missouri look at how close it is. 99% of the vote is in. donald trump 41%, ted cruz 40.7%. missouri could go either way. also on the democratic side 94%
of the vote is in, bernie sanders maintains his lead. look how close it is. he has a lead of 4,749 votes. it could go either way. in illinois hillary clinton has a bigger lead. 96% of the vote is in. she's winning 50.6%, bernie sanders 48.6%. hillary clinton has an advantage of 36,206 votes. that's significant, but we cannot make a projection in illinois. let's go to john king. he's watching them a lot more closely county by county, especially the votes that have not yet been counted. >> you only see counties that have reported less than 95% of the vote. this is the democratic side in missouri. you can see the big counties that are missing votes, jackson county, kansas city and the
suburbs around it, hillary clinton has a lead. 89% of the vote is. there's reason to believe that hillary clinton could make up some votes there in western missouri. then you come to the eastern part of the state and you see st. louis, hillary clinton again with an 11 point lead, 57% of the vote in, but it's been a consistent lead as the vote comes in. this is a population center so she'll get a decent chunk. then you move to the st. louis suburbs, it's more population here and you see a ten point lead there with 92% of the vote in. if you pull this out and look at it, very narrow lead for bernie sanders. still a possibility because of the outstanding votes over here in sakansas city and st. louis, it's a possibly hillary clinton could come back. >> we got a new projection that
we have right now. let's share it. cnn projects hillary clinton is the winner in illinois. she wins the democratic presidential primary in illinois. this is her fourth big win of the night. illinois, the state where she was born. hillary clinton wins in illinois almost 4 1/2 hours after the polls close. 96% of the vote in, hillary clinton has 50.6%, 48.6%. that's more than enough to make sure is the projected winner. we have projected hillary clinton wins the democratic primary in illinois. that's her fourth big win of the night. she's won north carolina, ohio, florida and now illinois. only missouri outstanding. >> she's four for four of the wins we've called and what's interesting about this is this is no a state that the clinton
campaign was going to win. they thought bernie sanders was going to win illinois. he had run a bunch of tv ads. they thought that that was working, it put clinton in a situation she couldn't distance herself and she couldn't express support and she was just kind of put in a corner and here it is a victory for clinton. >> the fact is, yes, the democrats will be proportional, but the fact is she has done incredibly well in several states tonight that her campaign was not sure she would. i think in this case in the past couple of weeks they really meant it. they weren't sure, particularly what happened in michigan they weren't sure that the same wasn't going to happen in not
just illinois, but also in ohio and it didn't and she has had a very good psychological boost tonight. >> so the michigan victory by bernie sanders a few days ago is now something of an ano, ma'amly compared to ohio. we are at the clinton campaign headquarters. i don't know if the clinton people are awake anymore, but she is now four for four for the evening. >> reporter: some of them are awake. they are watching to see and now they know what's happened here in illinois. this is what they were expecting. they were psyche logically prepared to lose these industrial states. they didn't think they would lose all of them. they hoped they wouldn't, but they were preparing for that after that shock in michigan of the upset by bernie sanders. this is the argument they're making now.
you look at the blow out here in florida which is such a delegate rich state and at this point they have wins in ohio and they have wins in north carolina and now illinois and it's missouri that is outstanding, which is the smallest delegate chunk of all these states. they're making the case that bernie sanders cannot narrow this lead that she has, her communications director telling me he can't win at this point even though they're not going to call for him to get out of the race. >> and dana, i don't think that they were spinning because i talked to a number of clinton people off the record and they were upset. they thought tonight was going to be a horrible night for them. they thought bernie sanders was going to win missouri and ohio and illinois and he still might pull out missouri, we don't know, but hillary clinton having a very strong evening. >> absolutely. another she has had several home states since was the first lady of arkansas and senator of new
york, there is a moral victory also in winning the state where she grew up. she grew up there. she went to high school there. it was certainly the place she talks about, park ridge, illinois, the place that gave her her moral compass and to be able to say she won there after not winning in 2008 has got to be nice. >> missouri is still outstanding, both democratic and republican races have yet to be called, but right now donald trump is four for five and hillary clinton is four for four. >> there were a lot of people hillary clinton supporters who were concerned after michigan that perhaps she would have trouble in ohio, in illinois, in northern states. she seems to have certainly answered those questions. >> so was michigan an ano, ma'amly. it's tough to under estimate just how strong she is right
now. she's won 58% of the pledged delegates. that's important. eight years ago we only had -- the system was front loaded so california and new york had already voted. after march 11 michigan primary and i remember that night, but after that moment -- it's clear to me that -- look you have wisconsin, pennsylvania, indiana, california, you still have a lot of big states, but when you've accumulated all of the pledged delegates, she has a million votes and more popular votes than bernie sanders, clearly she has a little bit of momentum. we might continue to talk about
her message issue in terms of gal van eyesing independents -- >> you see him -- no reason for him not to stay in all the way. >> we want more democrats to get excited and participate. this helps our party it helps bringing bring together independents and it helps to prepare for whatever happens on the republican. >> we have to take a quick break. we have two tight races that we're watching. stay with us. ♪ the intelligent, all-new audi a4 is here. ♪ ♪ ain't got time to make no apologies...♪
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far. hillary clinton wins ohio, florida, illinois. she's ahead of bernie sanders 50.5%. very close. she's got an advantage of 34,442 votes. she is the winner in her home state of illinois. let's get a key race alert right now in the other two contests that remain outstanding. on the republican side, donald trump has a slight lead over ted cruz. 41% to 40 point %. he is ahead by 2,467 votes. 99% of the expected vote now in. there are still votes remaining outstanding, but donald trump has a slight lead over ted cruz. on the democratic side 98% of the vote is in, bernie sanders has a slight lead over hillary clinton, 49 point % to hillary
clinton's 49.3%. those are the two outstanding contests we're watching right now. let's go back to jake and dana. these are two remaining contests, both in missouri. >> donald trump up .3%. incredibly close. david, why is this state so close? why is missouri such a nail biter? >> because different groups of voters are giving their votes to either cruz or trump. we looked at those voters in missouri who say they are very conservative, so this is 39% of the primary electorate, they go to for cruz. how about those that call themselves somewhat conservative, also by the way 39% of the electorate, they go for trump. ted cruz wins 37% of them and kasich at 12%. now look at insider versus
outsider. so among those who looking for somebody with experience in politics, looking for an insider and that is 40% of the missouri electorate, cruz wins those. 58% of people looking for an insider in missouri go for ted cruz. if you look at those looking for an outsider, this is donald trump's big category 52% of the electorate is looking for an outsider trump wins them 52%. so you can see the different kinds of qualities that the voters are looking for and how trump wins those somewhat conservative and outsider candidates, ted cruz voters are looking for an insider and looking for a very conservative candidate. >> all right. ted cruz is out there saying this is a two-man race which governor john kasich would take issue with. he says it's a three-man race, but looking at the results out
of missouri it does seem to be between cruz and trump. >> not to take anything away from john kasich, he did have a big win tonight, it was the first state that he won. he did pretty well in new hampshire, did very well in new hampshire, he got second place, but you have to have wins and you have to have big wins in big delegate rich states to keep going. right now he's still technically behind marco rubio in the delegate count, never mind ted cruz. there are a lot of states ahead, some winner take oall states, bt it's a good point about ted cruz. >> one of ted cruz's arguments to voters is he is the only one who has defeated donald trump. he includes the times he came in second and trump came in third,
but having a night like tonight, that doesn't help that argument. >> he hasn't any of the states. let's go to john king because we're taking a close look at missouri. the only two contests outstanding are the democratic and republican contests. >> how do you want do this? 99% in statewide, 41 to 40.7%. let me use a little tool, let's go back to 96% right there. this shows you counties that have less than 96% of the vote counted, but you see donald trump winning there, ted cruz in second place. 96% of the votes in. maybe a pick up of a few votes for donald trump, but the two major places we're looking at,
jackson county and the suburbs. cruz winning here by a little bit. if the trend continues some more votes for ted cruz in the western part of the state. it's a narrow margin, but if he's getting a couple more out there and then come over here to st. louis city, but out here you come out here to st. louis county it's 35 to 39. so we're going to count to the end on the republican side and it's similar on the democratic side. so the math is possible. >> let's take another quick break. we're watching missouri, the only two outstanding contests tonight. ♪ only those who dare...
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he has 41%. donald trump ahead by 2,460 votes. we have not been able to make a projection. 99% of the expected vote in. we're watching missouri on the republican side. on the democratic side for the first time in a while hillary clinton has now taken a slight lead over bernie sanders. she has 49.6%, he has 49.4%. hillary clinton is ahead by 1,199 votes. hillary clinton taking a very slight lead. both of these contests in missouri are extremely close. >> we'll continue to watch them. i want to play a little bit of bernie sanders' speech from earlier this evening and talk about it. let's watch. >> phoenix, are you ready for a political revolution?
[ cheering ] >> are you tired of a handful of billionaires running our economy? [ cheering ] >> well, if you are, you've come to the right place. [ cheering ] >> you knw, what excites me so much as i go around the country is to see the incredible energy of hundreds of thousands of people who love this country, but know we can do so much better. [ cheering ] >> we started this campaign at
3% in the national polls, we have come a long way in ten months. [ cheering ] >> and the reason that we have done as well as we have, the reason that we have defied all expectations, is that we are doing something very radical in american politics, we're telling the truth. [ cheering ] bernie! bernie! bernie! >> and the truth -- the truth is
not only -- is not always pleasant. it's not always what we want to hear, but we cannot go forward unless we deal with the realities of american society today and that is what we are going to do. [ cheering ] >> bernie sanders speaking earlier this evening. ohio was a tough loss for bernie sanders. they spent a lot of money. >> they did actually across the five states they outspend her 12 million to 7 million. they put $4 million down last friday for the final three days of the campaign across the states. this is a bitter result for bernie sanders. he didn't expect to come away empty handed tonight. >> for those clinton supporters who wish bernie sanders would drop out, there is an argument
to be made that it makes her a better candidate the longer he stays in, it also continues there being a battle on the democrat side. >> the idea that a contested primary is damaging for the general election is not historically borne out. when you get to this point in a primary the grooves are cut pretty deep and bernie sanders has faced the same issues he has faced all during the race. he isn't just college whites and young people, but he's losing two-thirds or more of african-americans in the midwest and 80% in the south and tonight she crushed him everywhere. it is hard to win your party's nomination if you can't win the voters in that party. sooner or later it catches up with you and he's feeling the weight of that. >> he had been in the lead a little bit in missouri, but that
race is tightening as we speak. hillary clinton in the lead by a thousand or so votes. >> that's why these open contests help him because independent voters can vote for bernie sanders. that's why these open contests help donald trump. when contests are closed for donald trump he doesn't do as well with conservative republicans and bernie sanders has the same -- >> i think the question is does he change his message? i don't think he's going to change that core billionaire -- billionaires are the source of all evil message, but does he change his message in terms of hillary clinton? i think over the last month or so he has stepped up nasty attacks about hillary clinton. >> that question had been asked weeks ago and the answers have been very clear. >> i thought this was the night
that would sort of ascertain whether or not he had a legitimate chance for the nomination. i think that's very much in doubt right now. >> you think that's impossible moving forward after tonight? >> no. once you get deeply engaged in campaigns like this, it's very hard to sort of pull back and say i'm going to take it easy from here on in. >> you've already deployed your staff to the next set of primaries and caucuses. >> it's a question of tone. >> tone is very important. you have six states -- six remaining states in march for democrats. about 270 delegates. there are caucus states, many of are them closed. arizona is the biggest primary winner. >> another question is are there more democratic debates because that's one of the few opportunities where they're on the same stage at the same time. >> there are two tentatively planned. i don't think the clinton campaign is going to be eager to go head-to-head with barernie
sanders. there will be those who will say he should get out of the race now. the clinton campaign should not be among them. they should not try to shove bernie sanders out of the race. i don't think it would benefit them. >> whether he wins this nomination or not, he is now the messenger of a movement. he's now the leader of a movement. when was the last time we discussed elizabeth warren until a few months ago. bernie sanders is going to be a sought after surrogate. the fishers in the democrat party are much less and will be healed over a lot quicker than on the republican side. we're going to take a short break before the top of the hour. we're watching two very close races in missouri. back in a moment. woman. or where you're from. city. country.
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let's to a race alert right now. missouri on the republican and democratic side. look at how close it is. on the republican side donald trump has a small lead over ted cruz right now 40.9% to 40.7%. donald trump is ahead by 1,799 votes. we're still counting the votes in missouri right now. on the democratic side, similarly hillary clinton has a very slight lead over bernie sanders in missouri. she's at 49.6%. he's at 49.4%. her lead only 1,321 votes. not very much at all. these are the only two contests that remain outstanding. let's back to jake and dana. these are important races. it couldn't get much closer.
>> not so much for the democrats, who are always proportion proportional, but the missouri republican race is a hybrid. if you win it you get significantly more delegates, 12, and this is all about the delegates at the end of the day, not just about the states. we turn again to our executive editor to tell us where we are in terms the allocation of delegates for this evening and where it stacks up for the general race. >> let's get to the numbers for tonight. let's look how donald trump did tonight. he has picked up 178 delegates as we speak. john kasich 75, ted cruz 37 and marco rubio picked up five. donald trump halfway to the delegates he needs to seal the nomination. he has 640 delegates right now, ted cruz has 408, marco rubio at
170 and john kasich with that big win up in ohio 138 delegates. big night for hillary clinton, 297 delegates and bernie sanders 194. right now in the race for the democratic nomination 1,541 delegates and bernie sanders has 768. let's break this down. hillary clinton 1069 pledged delegates and bernie sanders 745 pledged delegates. the sanders campaign will say over and over again you cannot count the super delegates, those are promises, those are not pledges and i just had an e-mail exchange with a top junisenior adviser to bernie sanders and i said what does this mean to the campaign, he said nothing. 50% of the delegates still are
to be chosen. we think the rest of the schedule is much more favor abl to senator sanders. jake. >> hillary clinton is now going through to a degree what barack obama went through in 2008, which was because of the proportion al allocation it is very unlikely that bernie sanders will catch up to hillary clinton unless something significant changes in the race and yet he's still winning delegates and states and he would like -- she would like to turn to the general election just like barack obama back in 2008, but she was in it through june and bernie sanders says he'll be in it through convention. >> secretary of state? secretary of labor? what do you think. >> who knows. >> in all seriousness she does
have a significant delegate lead right now. the clinton people argue that when they crunch the numbers it is mathematically maybe not impossible, but very difficult for bernie sanders to catch up despite what mark was just saying from bernie sanders' sources which i'm hearing that they feel like the map is better for them going forward. >> he needs to start completely having land slides in those states and not just 55%, 45% victories. she has -- i'm not counting super delegates. the pledged delegates. she has a lead of about 325 -- i think it's 324 -- pledged delegates and that's going to be difficult for him to chip into it unless he starts having land
slides in states. >> absolutely. it is true that he is bringing in more independents than she is, it is true that she has more the base, but the lobottom linet the end of the day is these states have their rules and the numbers are what matters. as you said as we started this conversation it is a cruel irony hillary clinton faced that eight years ago and now we're getting notes and e-mails from hillary clinton's campaign that she was closer than than he is now. >> hillary clinton back in 2008 and bernie sanders now feel compelled to go on. they're still winning contests and delegates. i keep confusing the pronouns here because i'm talking about her in 2008 and bernie sanders now still feels like he has a lot of supporters and he doesn't want to let them down. >> he does. >> absolutely. there are principal policy differences he has with hillary
clinton and he wants to represent this argument. a lot of progressives feel that the democratic party hasn't represented them in years and years and they were disappointed obama was center left and he's going to stay in it. our coverage of super tuesday continues right now. >> tonight it's clearer than ever that this may be one of the most campaigns in our lifetime. >> while today my campaign is suspended the fact that i've come this far is evidence of how truly special america is. >> i have to thank the people of the great state of ohio. i love you. >> my god, we're probably going to be covering a contested republican convention. >> the anti-trump movement is reminding us don't call it a contested convention, call it an open co