(From Reuters)

U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump won a crucial contest in Florida on Tuesday, knocking rival Marco Rubio out of the race, but lost Ohio to John Kasich in a mixed result that set the stage for a long, bitter nominating fight.

Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign ended tonight in Florida drops out of US presidential campaign after being steamrolled in his home state by Donald Trump
Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign ended after he was beaten in his home state by Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump won in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina dealt a blow to Bernie Sanders’s insurgent bid.

Trump, a businessman who hoped a sweep of five states would put him on the path to the nomination, now faces a three-way struggle with Kasich, the Ohio governor, and Ted Cruz, a conservative U.S. senator from Texas, that could lead to a showdown at the party’s convention in Cleveland in July.

Kasich’s win in Ohio gave new hope to establishment Republicans battling to deny Trump the nomination and block him from capturing the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.

“We have to bring our party together,” a restrained Trump, 69, said in Palm Beach, Florida, as the results rolled in. He congratulated Rubio on his campaign but did not mention Kasich or Cruz. Read More

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