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Mar 2, 2016

NYT First Draft on Politics - March 2, 2016: Donald Trump Rolls in a Race That Could Still Drag On by Maggie Haberman.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Donald J. Trump at a news conference at Mar-a-Lago, the private club he owns in Palm Beach, Fla., after his Super Tuesday victories. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey introduced him.
Donald J. Trump at a news conference at Mar-a-Lago, the private club he owns in Palm Beach, Fla., after his Super Tuesday victories. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey introduced him. Damon Winter/The New York Times
Donald Trump Rolls in a Race That Could Still Drag On
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
  The results of Super Tuesday, for which The Times provided highlights and live analysis, are now in the books, and though some clarity was gleaned, the voting totals are not expected to thin the herd.
Three things were true at the end of Super Tuesday: Donald J. Trump had a dominant evening, the Republican race will still drag on for a stretch, and Hillary Clinton is edging toward closing the door on the Democratic contest.
Mr. Trump, once derided as the “New York values” candidate by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, handily won seven states, from the liberal Northeast to the Deep South, a show of force that would have been unimaginable just a few weeks ago. However, all was not rosy for Mr. Trump: He won some states by a plurality of less than 35 percent of the vote, suggesting that there was still room for someone to try to stop him.
So the race will carry on, even as that window is dwindling. Mr. Cruz, who won in Oklahoma and his home state of Texas, emerged as the candidate in the best position to slow Mr. Trump. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida won Minnesota but came up empty everywhere else, and he failed to clear the threshold in some states for the allocation of delegates. It will now be harder for him to make the case that he is the person to support: So far, he has been graded on something of a curve by donors and pundits. In public polls, he is behind Mr. Trump by double digits.
For his part, Mr. Trump seemed mindful that the last several days of news cycles, which were dominated by his declining to disavow the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, were less than ideal. In a subdued election night news conference, Mr. Trump tried to focus on a general election, calling himself a “unifier” as his new sidekick, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood behind him, seeming somewhat uncomfortable at times.
As for the Democrats, Mrs. Clinton also won more than a half-dozen states over Senator Bernie Sanders, including in Massachusetts, which had been expected to favor him. Mr. Sanders won four contests, but he still has to prove he can win in a primary featuring large numbers of African-American voters, who make up the party’s base.

Super Tuesday Coverage
Donald J. Trump greeted supporters after a rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday.
Mark Makela for The New York Times
By ALEXANDER BURNS AND JONATHAN MARTIN
Mr. Trump won sweeping victories across a wide stretch of the country in Tuesday’s Republican primaries, emphasizing the breadth of his appeal.
Hillary Clinton spoke at a rally in Miami on Tuesday.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
By PATRICK HEALY AND AMY CHOZICK
Based on initial results from the primaries and caucuses across 11 states, Mrs. Clinton was strongly positioned to contain Senator Bernie Sanders to liberal strongholds like his home state, Vermont.
Mark Harris, the owner of a consignment antiques shop in Canton, Ga., said he had misgivings about Donald J. Trump’s ego but liked his ability “to fight for you.”
Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times
By ASHLEY PARKER AND MAGGIE HABERMAN
Those who voted for Mr. Trump in the Super Tuesday contests gave him backing that could sustain him as a front-runner.
Mitchell Westall, left, at a Clinton rally in Fairfax, Va., said the odds against Bernie Sanders had him looking at Hillary Clinton.
Drew Angerer for The New York Times
By JASON HOROWITZ
After entertaining Mr. Sanders’s insurgency for months, Democrats seem ready to restore to the Clinton candidacy the air of inevitability with which she began her campaign.
News Analysis
As Donald Trump Gains Victories, the G.O.P. Split Widens to a Chasm
By JONATHAN MARTIN AND MICHAEL BARBARO
Even as he rolled up commanding victories in at least six states on Tuesday, Mr. Trump confronted a loud and persistent refusal to rally around him.
Ted Cruz, with his daughter Catherine and his father, Rafael Cruz, at his event in Stafford, Tex., on Tuesday night.
Cruz, Rubio and Sanders Plan Their Next Moves to Close Rivals’ Leads
With Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump out to clear leads in their parties’ nominating contests, the other candidates are hatching plans to chase them down.
Donald J. Trump at the news conference he held in Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday evening.
After Super Tuesday, Trump and Clinton Sprint While Others Stumble
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
While the results seemed to clarify the Democratic race, the Republicans face uncertainty in the weeks ahead as Donald J. Trump’s rivals seek a way forward.
 
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A man cast his ballot at West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times
A close look at Tuesday’s voting in four important states, most of which were won by Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump.

Franziska Barczyk
The 2016 Race
By NATE COHN
Senator Bernie Sanders, despite pockets of strength, simply is not doing well enough to overcome a huge deficit among black voters.
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