March 15, 2016 at 6:57 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
LIVE UPDATES: ‘Mini-Tuesday’ results

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From left, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (Washington Blade photos of Sanders, Rubio and Cruz by Michael Key; Blade photo of Clinton by Damien Salas; Blade photo of Trump by Lee Whitman)

The Washington Blade will have updates on “Mini-Tuesday” results throughout the night. Check back here for updates as they come! The states up for grabs are Missouri, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Illinois.

CLINTON WINS: Ohio, Florida, North Carolina
TRUMP WINS: Florida, Illinois, North Carolina

12:07: Primary contests yet to be called for either Democrats or Republicans in Missouri, or for Democrats in Illinois.

10:59: Dismissing Kasich’s win in Ohio, Ted Cruz said during his speech in Houston, Texas, that only two candidates are viable to win the GOP nomination and jabbed at Trump.

“Going forward, the choice is straight-forward,” Cruz said. “Do you want a candidate who shares your values, or a candidate who has spent decades opposing your values. The mainstream media and the network suits who make the decisions want Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. That’s why they’ve given him hundreds of millions in free advertising, because they are partisan Democrats ready for Hillary, and they know that Donald may be the one person on the face of the earth that Hillary Clinton can beat in the general election.”

10:14:Donald Trump concludes a news conference in Florida after his declared victories in three states without taking any questions from the press.

“We have something happening that actually makes the Republican Party probably the biggest political story anywhere in the world,” Trump said. “Everybody’s writing about it all over Europe, all over the world they’re talking about it. Millions of people are coming in to vote.”

9:53: Major media outlets declare Trump has won North Carolina.

9:38: Trump has won GOP primary in Illinois, MSNBC reports.

9:32: Celebrating his first win the primary nationwide in his home state of Ohio, John Kasich struck a confident tone, predicting he will defeat Hillary Clinton to win the presidency in November. Kasich also drew attention to media reports many Democrats voted in the Ohio Republican primary.

“I think we all know that conservatives principles can work, common sense can work, that shifting power and money and influence from that big place in Washington and moving it to where we live, it empowers us,” Kasich said. “That’s the direction for our country.”

9:13: Celebrating wins in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, Hillary Clinton said during his victory speech in West Palm Beach, Fla., the next president has to be ready to three big tests: Making positive differences in people’s lives, keeping people safe and bringing the country together.

“Tonight, it’s clearer than ever that this may be one of the most consequential campaigns of our lifetimes,” Clinton said. “The next president will walk into the Oval Office next January sit down at that desk and start making decisions that will affect the lives and the likelihoods of everyone in this country, indeed everyone on this planet.”

8:50: MSNBC reports Kasich has won GOP Ohio primary. It’s the first state he’s won in the Republican primary.

8:42: MSNBC reports Clinton has won the Democratic primary in Ohio. No race call yet for the Republicans.

8:23: Rubio has dropped out of the presidential race after his dismal showing in his home state of Florida. At his speech in Florida, Rubio said, “Today my campaign is suspended.”

8:14: MSNBC reports Clinton has won Democratic primary in North Carolina. No race yet for Republicans in the states.

8:07: MSNBC reporting Rubio won 68 percent of Cuban voters in Florida Republican primary, but those voters account for 9 percent of the Florida Republican electorate.

8:00: Media outlets project Trump and Clinton are winners for their respective parties in the Florida primary. Polls now closed throughout Florida as well as Illinois and Missouri.

7:43: Polls still open in parts of Florida, but results already coming in for parts of the state where polls have closed. With 21 percent of precincts reporting, Donald Trump leads among Republicans with 45.7 percent of the vote, followed by Marco Rubio with 27.1 percent, Ted Cruz with 15.8 percent and John Kasich with 6.8 percent. With 25 percent of precincts reporting for Democrats, Hillary Clinton leads with 66 percent of the vote, followed by Sanders with 31.8 percent.

7:30: Polls closed in North Carolina and Ohio. For both states, either too early or too close to call for both Democrats and Republicans.

7:11: Per MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Bernard Sanders won’t be in any of the states up for grabs tonight and instead will be in Arizona, which won’t vote until March 22. That’s a possible signal he’ll continue with his campaign no matter the outcome of “Mini-Tuesday.”

7:00 pm: Polls have closed across most of Florida. They’re still open in portions of the state in Central Time.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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