Front runners Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are each a step closer to securing their party’s nomination in the wake of a round of key primaries.
With only nailbiter Missouri left to be decided in both races, the pair each made big gains tonight.
Both Trump and Clinton appear to have won Missouri, but with their margins of victory well within the tolerance of a recount official declarations of victory have been put off.
Trump dominated in Florida, displacing senator Marco Rubio on his home turf.
It was a knockout blow for Rubio, who had once predicted the winner of that state would go on to become the Republican nominee.
Shortly after the loss he announced he is suspending his campaign after the loss.
Trump is also went on to win Illinois and North Carolina.
But in the other state pundits are closely watching, dark horse candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich has won his home state.
The day is crucial on the Republican primary calendar because of Florida and Ohio. Both states were “winner take all,” meaning the candidate that wins gets all of the state’s delegates.
To secure the Republican nomination, a candidate will need to amass 1,237 delegates. Florida alone is worth 99 Republican delegates, while Ohio is worth 66.
That’s a big deal, considering fewer than 100 delegates separated Donald Trump and second place candidate Ted Cruz at the beginning of the day.
Clinton furthers lead
Hilary Clinton also also had a big night.
She also took Florida win, along with Ohio, North Carolina, and her home state of Illinois.
That now puts her well more than halfway to the 2,383 delegates she’ll need to secure the Democratic nomination, leaving a possible Bernie Sanders comeback an ever shrinking possibility.
We’ll bring you results as they come in.
MAP: Republican state by state winners