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Pivotal Primary Issues

The polls closed in five key states on Tuesday, and the contours of the Republican and Democratic presidential primary races are far clearer.

The two parties' frontrunners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, had big nights, sweeping up the big states and largely minimizing their losses.

Notably, Trump scored a game-changing victory in Florida early in the evening, clinching all of the state's 99 delegates and putting the real-estate magnate almost halfway to securing the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

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Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, right and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speak during a break in the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, answers a question as Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich , listens, during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., answers a question as CNN moderator Jake Tapper listens, during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, speaks as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, listen, during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks during the CNN Debate in Miami on March 10, 2016. / AFP / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the CNN Debate in Miami on March 10, 2016. / AFP / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican Presidential candidate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio speaks during the CNN Debate in Miami on March 10, 2016. / AFP / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
CORAL GABLES, FL - MARCH 10: Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), are seen during the CNN, Salem Media Group, The Washington Times Republican Presidential Primary Debate on the campus of the University of Miami on March 10, 2016 in Coral Gables, Florida. The candidates continue to campaign before the March 15th Florida primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, speaks during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, stand together before the start of the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
CORAL GABLES, FL - MARCH 10: Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Ohio Gov. John Kasich listen to the national anthem before the CNN, Salem Media Group, The Washington Times Republican Presidential Primary Debate on the campus of the University of Miami on March 10, 2016 in Coral Gables, Florida. The candidates continue to campaign before the March 15th Florida primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, at the start of the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
CORAL GABLES, FL - MARCH 10: Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (not seen) listen to the national anthem before the start of the CNN, Salem Media Group, The Washington Times Republican Presidential Primary Debate on the campus of the University of Miami on March 10, 2016 in Coral Gables, Florida. The candidates continue to campaign before the March 15th Florida primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CORAL GABLES, FL - MARCH 10: Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are seen during the CNN, Salem Media Group, The Washington Times Republican Presidential Primary Debate on the campus of the University of Miami on March 10, 2016 in Coral Gables, Florida. The candidates continue to campaign before the March 15th Florida primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CORAL GABLES, FL - MARCH 10: Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Ohio Gov. John Kasich stand on stage as they arrive for the CNN, Salem Media Group, The Washington Times Republican Presidential Primary Debate on the campus of the University of Miami on March 10, 2016 in Coral Gables, Florida. The candidates continue to campaign before the March 15th Florida primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz speaks during the CNN Republican Presidential Debate March 10, 2016 in Miami, Florida. / AFP / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican Presidential candidates (L-R) Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich participate in the CNN Presidential Debate March 10, 2016 in Miami. / AFP / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sen. Marco Rubio, who long banked on victory in the Sunshine State, dropped out of the race almost immediately after polls closed.

Trump also won the Illinois and North Carolina primaries, and appeared to eke out a victory in Missouri over Sen. Ted Cruz, the No. 2 GOP candidate in the race.

Trump still has many critics within his own party, but it appears increasingly unlikely that they will be able to stop him from grabbing the GOP nomination.

"We're going to win, win, win, and we're not stopping," Trump said in a speech on Tuesday evening in Florida. "We're going to have great victories for our country."

Trump's biggest loss came in Ohio, where local Gov. John Kasich denied Trump a victory in the governor's home state, picking up 66 delegates.

"You threw everything you had at me, and guess what? It didn't work," Kasich said in his victory speech.

On the Democratic side, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders looked to prove the public polling wrong again by winning primaries in Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri. But Clinton swept all five states, winning decisive victories in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and besting Sanders by smaller margins in Illinois and Missouri.

Republicans:

  • North Carolina: Trump
  • Florida: Trump
  • Illinois: Trump
  • Missouri: NBC called for Trump
  • Ohio: Kasich

Democrats:

  • North Carolina: Clinton
  • Florida: Clinton
  • Illinois: Clinton
  • Missouri: NBC called for Clinton
  • Ohio: Clinton

Here are the highlights of the night:

11:44 p.m. ET — With 90% of precincts reporting, Clinton maintained a two-point lead over Sanders in Illinois. The former secretary of state trailed Sanders in Missouri, where 92% of precints showed Sanders with a one-point lead over Clinton.

11:38 p.m. ET — With 99% of precincts reporting, the race in Missouri remained deadlocked on the Republican side, with Trump maintaining a 3,000 vote lead over Cruz.

11:18 p.m. ET — In a tweet Tuesday evening, Trump mocked Rubio's assertion that the winner of the Florida Republican primary race would clinch the nomination.

11:07 p.m. ET — Clinton's lead in Illinois shrunk slightly. With 76% of precincts reporting, the former secretary of state had just 3 points more than Sanders.

10:59 p.m. ET — The Republican race remained too close to call in Missouri. With 99% of precincts reporting, Trump maintained a 2,000-vote lead over Cruz.

10:46 p.m. ET — Despite losing almost every state on Tuesday, Cruz claimed victory in his primary night speech in Texas.

"Tonight, we continued to gain delegates and continue our march to 1,237," Cruz said.

The senator also praised Rubio for running a positive campaign, and called on Rubio's supporters to back Cruz.

"After tonight, America has a clear choice," Cruz said.

"To those who supported Marco, we welcome you with open arms."

10:30 p.m. ET — Sanders appeared to be pulling away from Clinton. With 49% of precincts reporting, Sanders lead Clinton by just under three points. With 53% of precincts reporting, Clinton maintained her five-point lead in Illinois.

10:17 p.m. ET — With 31% of precincts reporting, Sanders earned 50% support, while Clinton earned 48% support, according to CNN.

10:15 p.m. ET — Trump and Cruz were neck-and-neck in Missouri. With 32% of precincts reporting, Cruz trailed Trump by two points.

10:09 p.m. ET — Trump congratulated Rubio, who Trump said had a "great future."

"I want to congratulate Marco Rubio on running a tough campaign. He's tough, he's smart, and he's got a great future," Trump said.

10:06 p.m. ET — Though he mostly stuck to his stump speech, at his primary night party, Trump thanked his campaign team, including campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who is accused of manhandling a reporter at an event last week.

"Corey, good job Corey," Trump said.

9:59 p.m. ET — During his primary speech in Florida, Trump attempted to thank supporters in the Northern Mariana Islands, a US commonwealth, but butchered the pronunciation.

9:38 p.m. ET — NBC projected victory for Trump in Illinois.

9:35 p.m. ET — With 28% of precincts reporting, Trump maintained a healthy lead over his Republican rivals, garnering 40% support. Cruz earned 25% support in the state, while Kasich earned 8%.

9:34 p.m. ET — With 11% of precincts reporting, Sanders and Clinton were virtually tied, with each garnering 49% support, according to the Associated Press.

9:26 p.m. ET — Standing in front of a banner that read "As goes Ohio, so goes the nation," Kasich reiterated that he would not sling insults at his opponents in order to win the presidency.

"I will not take the low road to the highest office in the land," Kasich said.

9:24 p.m. ET — Though Trump failed to pick up Ohio's 66 delegates, his likely victory in Illinois could grant him all of the state's 69 delegates.

9:04 p.m. ET — Observers pointed out that though Sanders could still win several states on Tuesday, Clinton's margins-of-victory in states like Florida were so great, they gave her a massive delegate advantage.

8:59 p.m. ET — Speaking to supporters in Florida, Clinton noted that she was likely to add to her delegate lead.

"We are moving closer to securing the Democratic party nomination and winning this election in November," Clinton said.

"If you've been waiting for the right moment, now's the time to come join us."

Clinton also took shots at Trump, slamming his promise to deport the 11 million immigrants living in the US without permission and his promise to bring back waterboarding.

"Our commander-in-chief has to be able to defend our country, not embarrass it," Clinton said.

"When he embraces torture, that doesn't make him strong, it makes him wrong."

8:51 p.m. ET — In an interview with CNN shortly after his victory in Ohio, Kasich took a slight shot at Trump.

"You threw everything you had at me, and guess what? It didn't work," Kasich said.

Kasich speculated that he could have the majority of delegates heading into the Republican National Convention this summer, and denied that he did not have the money needed to continue campaigning.

"I'll have all the money we need," Kasich said.

8:46 p.m. ET — Multiple networks projected a Kasich victory in Ohio.

8:45 p.m. ET — Rubio appeared to lose almost every Florida county.

8:24 p.m. ET — Rubio suspended his campaign shortly after the polls closed in Florida, congratulating Trump on his win.

"After tonight while it is clear that we are on the right side this year, we are not on the winning side," Rubio said.

During his concession speech, Rubio was heckled by a Trump supporter.

"Don't worry, you won't get beat up here," Rubio said, referencing the violence at Trump's rallies.

Rubio said that he was proud of his attempt to run an optimistic campaign instead of embracing apocalyptic rhetoric.

"I chose a different route, and I'm proud of that," Rubio said.

"The politics of resentment won't just leave us a fractured party, they'll leave us a fractured nation."

8:00 p.m. ET — Multiple networks projected Trump and Clinton would win their respective party primaries in Florida.

7:53 p.m. ET — With 65% of precincts reporting, Trump maintained his lead with 46% support. Rubio drew 26% support and Cruz drew 16% support, according to CNN.

7:40 p.m. ET — Exit polls in North Carolina and Ohio on the Democratic side showed the support split by race. Sanders appeared stronger among white voters, while Clinton was black voters' overwhelming pick.

7:37 p.m. ET — With 4% of precincts reporting, Clinton took the lead in North Carolina with 64% support to Sanders' 34% support, according to CNN.

7:31 p.m. ET — Exit polls in Ohio showed Kasich leading Trump.

7:28 p.m. ET — Trump declared victory in Florida before all the state's polls closed.

7:20 p.m. ET — CNN noted that with 14% of precincts reporting, Trump earned 48% support among Republican primary voters in Florida to Rubio's 23.5% support.

7:14 p.m. ET — CNN noted that with 14% of precincts reporting, Clinton had a 27-point lead over Sanders in Florida.

7:09 p.m. ET — Trump started the race with a massive lead over his opponents when the first official results came in. With 5% of precincts reporting, CNN noted the former reality-television star had 47.1% support in Florida. Rubio, the second-place candidate, had 22% support.

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