Welcome to our live-wire coverage of the 2016 race for the White House.
A big weekend of caucus and primary voting was partly overshadowed by the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan. On the Republican side, Ted Cruz won Kansas and Maine on Saturday, while Donald Trump nabbed Louisiana and Kentucky. On Sunday it was Marco Rubio’s turn, winning Puerto Rico. It’s not actually a state, so he’s still only won one of those: Minnesota.
For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton won Louisiana while Bernie Sanders took Nebraska and Kansas on Saturday, then Maine on Sunday. Turnout was so high across Maine that voters lined up for hours and ballot paper voting was allowed, to ensure no one missed out. Sanders took 64% of the vote.
On Sunday night, Clinton and Sanders battled it out in the “most aggressive” debate so far, in Flint, Michigan, and over bailouts, banks and guns. Both called for Michigan governor Rick Sydner to resign over the Flint water contamination scandal.
The pair go head-to-head to again tonight in a Fox News forum. Clinton had previously turned down the invitation – she hasn’t appeared on Fox for an interview for nearly two years – but changed her mind a few days ago. Lauren Gambino is in Michigan to watch the day unfold for us.
There’s a whole day of campaigning in advance of tomorrow’s Democratic primary – where polls have Clinton leading on 59%.
Sanders is attending a rally in Kalamazoo this morning, then moves on to Dearborn and Ann Arbor. Clinton has an event in Grand Rapids this morning and a Get Out the Vote rally in Detroit after the forum tonight. Bill Clinton is campaigning in North Carolina.
In advance of tomorrow’s Republican primary in Mississippi – where polls have Trump first at 39%, Cruz at 20%, John Kasich at 19% and Rubio trailing at 13% – the campaign trail is heating up.
Trump holds a rally in North Carolina at noon, then a rally in Madison, Mississippi, at 7pm. Cruz speaks in Ellisville at noon. Rubio is campaigning in Tampa and Sanford, Florida, this evening, as a part of a mad dash to win his home state on 15 March.
Kasich has not won any states yet. But he did win the first major endorsement on Snapchat, from the Terminator himself:
— Daniel Ketchell (@ketch) March 6, 2016