"I want to congratulate Donald Trump for his big victory in Florida", he said. Sanders may win some states in the next few primaries but all those victories are slim, while Hillary Clinton continues to thump him in many a state. Five Thirty Eight reported that Clinton won the support of 53% of voters who believe that trade with other countries takes away United States jobs, bringing her to 56% of total votes in OH at 10pm EDT. April includes contests in Wisconsin, Wyoming and NY, which Clinton represented in the Senate but is becoming a major target for Sanders.
"Do not settle for the status quo, for the status quo is broken", said Sanders. "Don't let people tell you that you can't think big", he said. But Clinton's polling lead in IL shrunk rapidly after Sanders's shocking upset in MI - one poll this week put Sanders up by two points - giving Sanders's supporters hope that he could catch lightning twice.
Democratic voters in all five states viewed Clinton as the candidate with the better chance to beat Trump if he is the Republican nominee, according to early exit polls.
In late February, FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver ran projections for the race to see which states could be expected to "lean" toward one candidate or the other. Trump's rallies Friday in St. Louis and Saturday in Kansas City were repeatedly interrupted by protesters.
Six candidates will battle for a slew of delegates that could define each parties' nomination.
Missouri victories by Trump and Clinton could help solidify their status as front-runners.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Campaign coordinators there said they made more than 860 calls Monday and spent Tuesday driving people to the polls. "We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November".
Trump was already looking forward to the general election on Tuesday night as he urged party unity amid growing speculation about the potential of a convention fight.
In Columbus, Ohio, Vietnam veteran and registered Democrat William McMillen said he voted for Trump, even though the candidate is a Republican. "We can't just talk about economic inequality; we have to take on all forms of inequality and discrimination", she said.
The primary map shows that Clinton has swept the South completely - a clear sign that her strength in the region has held up despite Sanders's unexpectedly strong campaign.
She has done it. She has been there. Mauri Pipersburgh, who was at the Chicago campaign party for Clinton, told Quartz she was nervous about her home state.
Clinton's string of victories comes after a week of heightened anxiety among Democratic voters as media images of violence at Donald Trump rallies ricocheted around the internet - and as Trump appeared ever-closer to capturing the GOP nomination.
The loss in Florida prompted Rubio to withdraw from the race, which only leaves Ted Cruz and Kasich to challenge Trump's seemingly unstoppable march towards the Republican nomination.
Bernie Sanders narrowly lost IL, a state his campaign had high hopes for winning and where the Vermont Senator had spent much of his recent time campaigning.
Sanders' team says the calendar will be more favorable to the senator in the weeks ahead.