Who will win in 2016

Trump and Clinton win in several states - Rubio gives up

Billionaire Donald Trump has come a big step closer to becoming a US presidential candidate. He prevailed in the area code of the Republicans in the states of Florida, Illinois and North Carolina - according to projections from several US television stations. Senator Marco Rubio, on whom the hopes of the Republican establishment rested, was also lagging behind Trump in his home state of Florida. There the all-or-nothing principle applies: Whoever decides the area code of the Republicans in Florida for themselves, gets all the delegate votes of the state awarded ("the winner takes all").

Rubio took the consequences of his heavy defeat and got out of the race for the White House, as he announced in Miami. The 44-year-old son of Cuban immigrants had only been able to win three of around 30 primary elections: in Puerto Rico, in the capital Washington and in Minnesota.

Throws in the towel: Marco Rubio

Kasich and Clinton bring Ohio

The Republican rule "the winner takes all" also applies in Ohio. There Trump was defeated by the local governor John Kasich. By winning his first state ever, Kasich contested an important victory for the New York billionaire and won all 66 delegate votes.

For the Democrats, ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the primary in Florida, North Carolina, Illinois and Ohio. Clinton hurried away from her inner-party rival Bernie Sanders. She told her supporters that she saw herself shortly before the presidential nomination. In Missouri, where primaries also took place, the winners of both parties have not yet been determined. According to the electoral commission, Clinton and Trump have a wafer-thin lead. While NBC reported a Trump and Clinton victory, several other broadcasters spoke of a head-to-head race.

Cheers among the supporters of Hillary Clinton in West Palm Beach

"Super Tuesday II"

After Tuesday, referred to as "Super Tuesday II" by the US media, more than half of the delegate votes for the nomination party congresses in the summer have been awarded by both the Democrats and the Republicans. Trump had previously won more than a third of the 1237 Republican electoral votes required for the nomination and was around a hundred delegates ahead of runner-up Ted Cruz. Clinton was able to gather 1,231 delegates before the most recent votes. For the Democrats, a minimum of 2,382 delegates are required to run. Both parties nominate their presidential candidate in July.

jj / cw (dpa, afp, rtr, cnn)