Bernie Hangs Tight, Beats Hillary in Two States Out of Three, While Trump and Cruz Split Two Each
Bernie Sanders won the 2016 Nebraska and Kansas primaries on "Super Saturday" and Hillary Clinton easily won Louisiana as most of the pundits predicted.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, still trying to establish himself as the only viable alternative to the polarizing Donald Trump, pulled off impressive victories in Kansas and Maine, while Trump won in Louisiana and bested Cruz by 10 points in Kentucky. Cruz, who won the CPAC straw poll comprised of conservatives, is still approximately 80 delegates behind, with 267 to Trump's 347. The GOP nominee needs 1,699 delegates to win.
Sanders, who is facing calls from Clinton partisans to back off the former Secretary if he doesn't gain traction soon, still trails Clinton by about 100 delegates with roughly one-third of the states voting thus far. The Kansas win should serve as a boost for Sanders but much ground remains.
Democratic primary turnout remains low relative to 2008 when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's neck-to-neck race energized voters.
Rubio continues to falter, having only won Minnesota last week.