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Florida Primary watch party illustrates what’s wrong with the GOP

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Was it a party or a wake? The Pinellas County Republican Party Executive Committee held its Primary Watch Party Tuesday evening in Pinellas Park. Held at the Big Storm Brewing Company, a brand-new craft brewery and tap house, the event drew about 50 (or so) Party members, who gathered for Presidential Primary results. Nick DiCeglie, President of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee, hosted the event. The event was like none I could remember. Very low key. The crowd was…

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Ted Cruz says Americans have “a clear choice going forward”

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Ted Cruz declared a victory (of sorts) Tuesday, despite coming up short in four of the five Republican primaries. “Tonight was a good night,” he said. “Tonight we continued to gain delegates and continued our march to 1,237. And, after tonight, America now has a clear choice going forward.” Cruz was neck-in-neck with Donald Trump in Missouri, with unofficial election results from Missouri showing the two virtually tied as of 11 p.m. EDT. In North Carolina, Cruz came in second with…

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Donald Trump celebrates victories in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina

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Donald Trump promised to continue to “win, win, win,” after victories in three of the five states holding Republican primaries Tuesday. Trump won primaries in Illinois, North Carolina and Florida. He came in second in Ohio, trailing John Kasich. The Missouri Republican primary was too close to call late Tuesday night. The New York businessman clobbered Marco Rubio in Florida. He received 46 percent of the vote, while Rubio received 27 percent in the Sunshine State. Trump won almost every…

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After Ohio victory John Kasich bids farewell to Marco Rubio, vows to fight until convention

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Following his first primary victory in his home state of Ohio, Gov. John Kasich continued to spread his can-do message of optimism and civility at a speech to supporters Tuesday night. After a brief hiccup to handle a Donald Trump-supporting disrupter, Kasich began by calling for a round of applause for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He called Rubio a “gifted, talented senator” and congratulated him on his campaign. He gave a parable where he compared his own underdog campaign to the Buckeye State. After meeting with…

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Florida, Ohio primary watch: Marco Rubio seeks survival, Hillary Clinton momentum

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Five more states chime into the rambunctious campaign 2016 conversation on Tuesday, and no one’s listening with greater interest than Marco Rubio and John Kasich, both of them desperate to win their home states and avoid being flattened by Donald Trump‘s steamroller. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is out to reclaim momentum after Bernie Sanders rocked her with a Rust Belt upset in Michigan. A look at what to watch for in Tuesday’s voting: THE TIMELINE The evening’s first…

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Marco Rubio, John Kasich fight to keep their hopes alive

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Republicans Marco Rubio and John Kasich are fighting for their political futures Tuesday, desperate for wins in their home states of Florida and Ohio to keep their White House hopes alive and complicate Donald Trump’s path to the nomination. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is hoping to keep rival Bernie Sanders from building new momentum in the Midwest. With more delegates up for grabs than almost any other day in the primary calendar, Tuesday’s contests afford Trump and Clinton the chance…

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Forget favorite candidates, some people voting strategically

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Kennedy Copeland is a Marco Rubio fan who voted for John Kasich in Ohio. Ann Croft is all in to elect Hillary Clinton president but cast her ballot for Rubio in Virginia. Julia Price will back the Democratic nominee in November but voted for Kasich in Tennessee. Are these voters confused? No, they’re voting strategically in the year of Donald Trump in hopes of altering the outcome of the presidential race by voting for someone other than their favorite candidate…

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