It’s looking increasingly like a 2016 matchup between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton.
The pair have cemented their leads as front runners as the race for their parties nominations hits full stride.
So-called “Super Tuesday,” in which 12 different states go to the polls to choose their party’s candidate delivered big gains for each.
Clinton and Trump won seven states each, along with hundreds of delegates, the key measure on which the parties presidential nominee will be decided.
Trailing the front runners are Ted Cruz (three states) and Bernie Sanders (four states)
Marco Rubio managed his first and only win tonight, and will no doubt face pressure to withdraw as the Republican party looks to consolidate around a candidate who can take on Trump’s accelerating campaign.
Results pour in
Up for grabs? Georgia, Vermont, Virginia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Minneosta, Colorado (Democrats only), and Alaska (Republicans only).
For the Democrats, Hilary Clinton has been projected winner in Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas, and Massachusetts.
Bernie Sanders is projected to take Vermont, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Minnesota.
For the Republicans Donald Trump is being projected to win Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, and Arkansas.
Ted Cruz is projected to win Texas, Oklahoma, and after a long and tight battle with Trump, Alaska.
Marco Rubio has claimed his sole victory in the Minnesota caucuses.
State by State Super Tuesday primary winners: Republicans
But the party nomination won’t rest on who won the most states.
Under the American system, a party’s candidate is actually chosen by delegates at a Summer convention.
Those delegates are distributed according to performance in primaries, though the system isn’t ‘winner take all,’ meaning candidates can win some delegates even if they fail to take a state.
The ‘magic number’ to win the nomination for Republicans is 1,237 delegates (595 were up for Tuesday).
For Democrats, 2,383 delegates are needed (1,032 were in play Tuesday).
With the dust now settled, here’s a look at where the candidates stack up.