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it will be interesting to see if donald trump opens up his wallet donald trump opens up his wallet more than he has. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com all right, the break news this morning. donald trump and hillary clinton won big but the race for president, a long way to go. we're going to break down who won what, when, where, and how and what it means going forward. good morning, everybody. i'm john berman. >> nice to see you bright and early. i'm chris romance. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. that right. last night is now this morning and the baracking news this morning, super tuesday, a night of big wins. trump won seven states, some narrowly, but some by a pretty wide margin. on the democratic side, hillary clinton added six while bernie
sanders picked up four. both giving fiery speefrps last night. it's clear tonight the stakes have never been higher and the rhetoric we're hearing from the other side has never been lower. [ booing ] >> trying to divide america between us and them is wrong and we're not going to let it work. >> i'm a unifier. i know people are going to find that a little bit hard to believe, but believe me. i am a unifier. once we get all of this finished, i'm going to go after one person. that's hillary clinton on the assumption she's allowed to run, which is a big assumption. i don't know that she's going to be allowed to run. and i think that's, frankly, going to be an easy race. >> the nomination contest is far from over. of course, bernie sanders, ted cruz, and marco rubio, they all won states, collected delegates
and vowed to stay in this race. here to break it all down, eric bradner. good morning. >> good morning. they probably didn't knock out any of their top opponents. so trump show thad he's starting to put together a coalition. in massachusetts he won working-class reagan democrats. in the bible belt he won social conservatives picking up states like alabama, georgia, tennessee. he won in arkansas and vermont. and in virginia he shattered turnout records. so it was a big night for trump, but it was also a decent night for ted cruz who had been sort of losing a little bit of steam, losing a little bit of attention to marco rubio and rubio had attacked donald trump. cruz won three states. he won alaska, which we just found out. he won his home state of texas and he won oklahoma. rubio, meanwhile, is still waiting for this anti-trump
cavalry to come. he won one state, minnesota, which is important because that's the first state he's won in the contest. so these three candidates are going to continue on. none of them is going to drop out, especially before march 15th when the winner take all states start to vote. on the democratic side, hillary clinton continues to show that she's strong among minority voters. she won a swath of six southern states all with a lot of delegates. we're talking about alabama, arkansas, georgia, tennessee, texas, and virginia. but perhaps the most important win of the night came in massachusetts. that was a narrow win but it's a bit of a bellwether. it was a state bernie sanders thought he could win. by picking up that win, clinton shows she can expand her appeal beyond those southern states with heavy minority populations. but sanders won a few states toochl he won colorado,
manassas, and oklahoma, and, of course, his home state of vermont. if you combine that with the $42 million that he raised in february alone and the fact that there are more democratic debates coming up, including one on sunday night, there's no reason to expect that bernie sanders is going to drop out of the race any time soon even as hillary clinton starts to dial back her attacks on him and focus, instead, on the republicans. john and christine. >> eric bradner for us in washington. joining us to discuss it further. cnn political analyst and columnist for bloomberg josh row begin along with dylan and maeve and ron brownstein. some wins by large margins, some not as much and you have the other candidates once again calling on evan else to drop out of the race to take on trump one
on one, but that's not going to happen. trump wins not only the most states but keeps everyone in for time being. >> yeah. these two weeks aring are going to be incredibly important. we talk about make-or-break moments all the time, but this is the last shot that the cavalry that eric was just talking about has to come to the rescue of marco rubio here. it was not a good night for marco rubio. his donors were hoping with that debate performance going after trump that he would put some bigger numbers on the board but really trailing in the delegate count. ted cruz had more wins tonight but this was supposed to be his southern firewall. this super tuesday was supposed to be built for ted cruz and he had picked up wins in some states but not states necessarily that people were expecting and that gives donald trump a strong argument going forward that he is the guy who
is bringing the party together, turning out first-time voters. this is going to be a crazy two weeks where we basically see all of the cruz and rubio allies dumping every piece of oppo that they have on donald trump, and in the end that really just may help hillary clinton. >> ted cruz last night calling on supporters, calling everyone to unite, to defeat donald trump. let's listen to that sound. >> together we have a choice. we are blessed with a deep talented honorable field. for the candidates who have not yet won a state, who have not racked up significant delegates. i ask you to prayerfully consider our coming together. uniting. >> this is before he won minnesota. joshrogin. the night of the front-runners.
>> exactly. every candidate -- well, not every candidate, but cruz and rubio at least still have an argument on how they can win a pack path to victory. here's the argument. if you look at all the states so far, it's proportion achlt trump only gained about 50 delegates, maybe 120 or 130 were marco rubio. they can make that back up. there's no argument for march 15. it's the big states of florida, illinois, and ohio. it's the home states for john kasich and marco rubio. if you lose your home state, you're out. if you don't win any state in the march 15th contest, you're out. so for right now, everybody lives to fight another day. in two weeks it's a totally different story. >> ron brownstein lived to fight another day. bernie sanders isn't going anywhere but hillary clinton did have a convincing night. she wanted to win the southern
state, won by a large margin and won in massachusetts where they were going head to head. >> you know, john, we're seeing it on both sides, patterns coming into place. hillary clinton has established and consolidated an ee interior muss advantage over african-american voters. and bernie sanders simply can't win enough white voters to overcome that in the diverse states which unfortunately for him happen to be all of the large states. on the republican side we're also seeing the patterns. you have donald trump did tonight something that mitt romney couldn't do that john mccain couldn't do. he crossed that geographic divide winning arkansas and vermont, alabama, and massachusetts. on the other hand there were only two states where he got above 40% of the vote, which suggests there's still some resistance to him. the problem for the rest of the candidates is you have ted cruz with a coalition that's too narrow. marco rubio with a coalition that's too much.
rubio is winning a little bit of everything but not enough of anything. only two states that he carried college graduates -- he carried non-college graduates in no states some of at the moment there's still theory rhett cake vulnerability for trump. no one to take advantage of it and both having a clear pathway toward the nominations. >> maeve, there's going to be an awful lot of money and effort from a couple of different pacs to go after donald trump to the benefit of marco rubio? >> to the benefit of marco rubio potentially, but what we're going to see over the next couple of weeks is a lot of the groups trying out the same attacks that many of the candidates have been using on the campaign trail against donald trump for a number of mojtss now, that he has several failed business ventures and trump university, that he's not
a good candidate because of the divisive rhetoric. the question is there going to be enough money behind it to move the numbers to make enough republican voters question their choice, to really turn into this a contest because so far up in of these attacks have stock on donald trump and his supporters who have chosen him have stayed with him, have been incredibly loyal. we're seeing late deciders move over. it's unclear where the fight is going to go in the next two weeks. >> they're going show where it goes. that's exactly the kind of person who supports donald trump who has been hurt by donald trump's failed business ventures in the past, that's what they'll try to go after. >> they're going to have two weeks. they've had eight months. ire going try to do it in two weeks. guys, stick around. as we say, donald trump and hillary clinton winning big. there are some big contests coming up. we'll break it down next. the future belongs to the fast.
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learn more at myusps.com super tuesday is over but march madness just beginning, political march madness. take a look at what's ahead on the map right now. our political panel is here to talk about this. let's put up the republican map if we can right now with races that are coming up very shortly. you see it right here. this weekend it's kansas, kentucky, louisiana, and maine. then after that you have the winner-take-all states, florida. then you have ohio, illinois. ron brownstein, just big, big states here. >> yes. >> any sense on who has the edge? >> well, you know, those midwestern battlegrounds have been decided. the reason they're critical is they kind of balance the different polarities of the
party. you have the states of michigan and illinois that are closely divided between college and non-college where evangelicals are about 40%. ohio tilts. ohio and missouri tilt. plus kasich, they can all have a claim. there's all a piece for them. for ted cruz who has been overly depep denltd on evangelicals, kansas is probably the best bet but you've got to look historically certainly in the general election but primary as well, illinois, ohio, michigan, and missouri, i think, will be the ones to watch. and right now donald trump's dominance among blue collar voters gives him the edge and, of course, marco rubio has to hold his home state of florida. >> dylan, let's put up the blue map and look at what's in store for hillary clinton and bernie sanders. >> well, look.
hillary clinton has wide margins of support. in the key states like florida and some of the big delegate states. the issue here for sanders right now is what it's been all along, is can he expand his base of support beyond white voters, can he expand it to some of the groups like african-americans and hispanics. there's really been no evidence so far he can do that and there certainly wasn't enough evidence of that tonight. if you just look at the polls and look at those demographic groups, it's very hard to see how sanders continues. now that said he will stay in the race for a while longer and he will be able to advance his talking points agenda, keep hillary clinton attacking more to the left and maybe he'll consider that a victory. but really it's hard to see him picking up big wins outside the states where they're predominantly white voters. >> maeve, i want to ask one more time about this wacky weekend we
have ahead. there are states we don't normally think of in the primaries that all vote on saturday. any sense how the candidates are going to approach them in the next few days? >> we know that ted cruz is already headed to kansas if not there already. he's going to be trying to keep cobbling together that coalition that he's been trying to put together of conservatives and libertarians. you know, he did better in some states tonight than expected and worse in others, so he's got an argument that he bested marco rubio tonight. but i think that he has a very difficult map ahead of him where it's difficult to see where he can land some real victories. he's obviously going to hope for some victories in upcoming mississippi, in louisiana. and the big test for marco rubio obviously is florida, which is one of the most expensive contests out there, so it's going to be really interesting to see whether or not marco rubio's allies put enough money
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tying up. trump sweeping seven. marco rubio capturing his first win. on the democratic side, hillary clinton widening her delegate let with seven, bernie sanders holding his oven with four wins. the two front-runners appear to be accelerating. let's begin our coverage with john berman who's here to break down who won where and the latest delegate count. good morning, john. >> good morning, alisyn. look at this. seven states that donald trump won. blaek, arkansas, georgia, massachusetts, tennessee, vermont, and virginia. ted cruz, though, did pick up three states, his home state of texas, oklahoma, and also while so many of you were sleen iping alaska. florida senator marco rubio did something he