All about Super Tuesday Two today.
Voters head to the polls in several states tomorrow. Two states seen as make-or-break tomorrow – Florida for Marco Rubio and Ohio for John Kasich.
Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina vote tomorrow.
New polling from NBC News/WSJ/Marist show Marco Rubio has fallen to number two in his home state behind Donald Trump with Ted Cruz nipping at his heels. Good news, though, for Kasich who has a six point lead in Ohio over Donald Trump.
A Brand new Quinnipiac poll out of Ohio has Trump and Kasich tied at 38%.
1000EDT - Rally with Ted Cruz, Rockford, IL. LIVE via LiveU
1000EDT - Kasich Town Hall, Youngstown, OH. LIVE via LiveU
1000EDT - Rubio Meet and Greet, Jacksonville, FL. LIVE via LiveU
1000EDT - Trump rally, Hickory, NC. LIVE POOL
1330EDT - Rally with Ted Cruz, Glen Ellyn, IL. LIVE via LiveU
It was an ugly weekend of violence at Donald Trump rallies. He’s refusing to tone down the rhetoric and in fact, is doubling down. Trump suggests Sanders is planting protesters (he calls them disrupters) and threatens to send Trump supporters to future Sanders rallies.
There were several injuries after a Trump rally in Chicago was called off and Trump supporters clashed with Trump protesters. Trump has said no one has been hurt at his rallies.
On the Democratic side, new polling from NBC News/WSJ/Marist shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders in Ohio, Illinois and Florida. Her lead is smallest in Illinois – just six points. A new Quinnipiac poll has her ahead of Sanders by just five points in Ohio.
1100EDT - Sanders rally, Youngstown, Ohio. LIVE via LiveU
1145EDT -- Hillary Clinton holds an "economic opportunity" event. Chicago IL. LIVE via LiveU
TBA EDT -- Hillary Clinton holds an event. Springfield, IL. LIVE via LiveU
1300EDT - Sanders rally, Akron, Ohio. LIVE via LiveU
Cathleen Decker writes in the Los Angeles Times today that Trump is dominating the Democratic race too:
Donald Trump has not only roiled the Republican presidential race, but also the focus of the Democratic one, at least temporarily.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders opened a rally at the Ohio State University in Columbus on Sunday by denouncing Trump’s statement earlier in the day that he might pay the legal bills for a supporter who sucker-punched a protester at a Trump rally in Fayetteville, N.C.
"A candidate for president of the United States should condemn violence, not encourage violence. You don’t go around saying it’s OK to beat people,” he said. “That is not what this country is about.”
The topic also opened the questioning for both Sanders and Hillary Clinton during a CNN town hall held Sunday night in Columbus.
Sanders called Trump a “pathological liar” for his assertion that Sanders’ campaign had taken part in the protests.
“Our campaign … never will encourage anybody to disrupt anything,” he said, adding, “I would hope Mr. Trump tones it down big time.”
Clinton offered similar criticism, calling Trump’s effort “a very cynical campaign pitting groups of Americans against one another. He is trafficking in hate and fear; he is playing to our worst instincts.”
WSJ reporting Sanders will change his strategy to maximize delegates.
President Obama speaking during our hours today.
1115EDT -- POTUS delivers remarks during the Chiefs of Mission conference at the Dept of State.
The New York Times reports President Obama could name his pick for the Supreme Court as soon as today. The RNC is vowing to stop any pick from coming up to a vote.. which all GOP Senators have already vowed as well. Reuters reporting, “The White House has narrowed its search for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee to three federal appeals court judges, Sri Srinivasan, Merrick Garland and Paul Watford.”
Torrential rains and flooding hitting Louisiana and Missouri hard. More flooding today. Thousands of homes have been damaged or submerged.
A train derailed in southwest Kansas sending eleven to local hospitals.
Two suspects taken in custody in an attack that killed an officer in a Washington suburb in Maryland this weekend.
Turkey is blaming a deadly terror attack this weekend on Kurdish separatists. The car bombing in Ankara killed at least 37.
Another terror attack is being blamed on Al Qaeda in Africa. Gunmen attacked hotels and beachgoers in Ivory Coast killing at least 16 people.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Brazil to call for the resignation of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff.
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