Republican billionaire Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton emerged as favourites after grabbing a series of victories on ‘Super Tuesday’ in the race for the US presidential nominations.
Trump and Clinton turned their sights on each other after their Super Tuesday wins, with Trump promising to “go after” Clinton and the former secretary of state decrying what she called Trump’s divisive rhetoric.
US networks projected Trump and Clinton both won seven out of a possible 11 states on the night.
Trump’s rival, Ted Cruz, a US senator from Texas, won his home state and neighbouring Oklahoma, bolstering his argument he had the best chance to stop the controversial Trump. US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the favourite of the Republican establishment, claimed his first win of the primary season in Minnesota.
Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist U.S. senator from Vermont, also won his home state along with Oklahoma and vowed to continue his battle for the nomination to the 35 states that have yet to vote.
Super Tuesday was the biggest single day of state-by-state contests to select party nominees for the Nov. 8 election to succeed outgoing President Democrat Barack Obama. Voting stretched from eastern states to Texas and Minnesota.
According to the results, Hilary Clinton won Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Tennessee,Texas and Arkansas.
Her challenger Bernie Sanders won in Vermont, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Colorado.
For the Republican race, Donald Trump won seven states including Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Vermont and Virginia.
Ted Cruz followed closely with a win in home state Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska.
Marco Rubio won Minnesota.
Both Ben Carson and John Kasish performed poorly during Super Tuesday and have been described by some Republicans as “spoilers” to candidates trying to topple Donald Trump.