In the biggest test in the race to the White House so far for both Democrat and Republican candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump both won the most states.
- They both got Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia while Ted Cruz took Texas and Oklahoma. Democrat Bernie Sanders won in his home state of Vermont as well as Oklahoma, Minnesota and Colorado while Republican Marco Rubio won Minnesota.
- Up for grabs were 595 Republican delegates, nearly 50% of the number required to secure the nomination. Republicans need 1,237 delegates to win the party's nomination.
- There were 865 Democrat delegates available during the vote and 2,383 are required to win the nomination.
★ Winner called by The Associated Press
This concludes IBTimes UK's live coverage of Super Tuesday.
With vast majority of votes in from Super Tuesday voting, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been – as expected – the biggest winners.
There were few upsets as far as the two frontrunners were concerned and both can now call themselves the presumptive nominees for their respective parties.
Clinton was declared the victor in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Massachusetts, states with the largest number of delegates in the Super Tuesday contests.
Sanders won his home state of Vermont, Oklahoma , the Colorado caucus and the Minnesota primary.
Trump took the lion's share of states but lost out in key battles to Ted Cruz. The Texas governor carried his home state and picked up Oklahoma. He also looks set to win in Alaska. Marco Rubio won his first state of the race so far with a victory in Minnesota.
After yesterday's voting Hillary Clinton has 1,001 delegates and Sanders 371. Both are still in the running, in principal, but Sanders has an almost insurmountable uphill battle ahead of him to win the 2,383 delegates required for nomination.
With the majority of sates reporting more than 90% of their delegates, Trump has picked up 274; Cruz, 149; Rubio, 82; Kasich, 25; Carson, 8. With the GOP establishment clearly at odds with a likely Trump nomination, it is increasingly difficult for Kasich and Carson to justify their staying in the race despite the latter's strong showing in Vermont.
Ted Cruz has called on the other candidates to rally around him in a bid to topple the real estate mogul. However, even if this happens Trump is already by far the most likely candidate to cross the 1,237 delegate threshold for the nomination.
Hillary Clinton picks up her seventh win in Massachusetts, where it was a close race between the former secretary of state and the Vermont senator.
Minutes later, the Vermont senator has added yet another victory, this time in Minnesota. That's four state wins for Sanders tonight.
Democrat Bernie Sanders is adding another win, claiming victory in Colorado. Meanwhile, Republican Marco Rubio has nabbed his first win in the state of Minnesota.
"So long as the field remains divided Donald Trump's path to the nomination remains more likely. That would be a disaster for Republicans, for conservatives, and for the nation," declared Ted Cruz at his victory speech in Stafford, Texas. He called on candidates who have dropped out of the race and their supporters to unify behind him, the "only one that has beaten, that can beat and that will beat Donald Trump."
Trump has nabbed yet another victory. This time in the state of Arkansas. This signifies the sixth win for the real estate mogul.
"We're going to make America great again, folks," Trump vowed in his victory speech at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. He dissed Hillary Clinton's similar vow, noting she has "been in Washington so long" already.
"It been a very tough night for Marco Rubio," he added, but congratulated Ted Cruz on his Texas win. Trump boasted that the "Virginia win was just a great win for us," singling out the one state Rubio had a chance at grabbing. "We have big investments in Virginia; it's been an amazing place to invest," Trump added.
He repeated that the "nation is in serious trouble," and losing the trade war. "China's leaders too smart for our leaders," he said. "We're going to redo trade deals and it's going to be a thing of beauty."
Asked if he felt like the presumptive nominee Trump said: "I'm feeling awfully good."
Making America great again will be much better than making America whole again.
- Donald Trump
Tonight is the beginning of Donald Trump bringing the Republican party for a big victory in November.
- Chris Christie introducing Trump before his speech in Florida
Tonight is all about how many delegates each candidate will win. The AP has been updating the delegate count for the seven candidates.
On the Democratic side, Clinton is leading by a large margin. The former secretary of state reportedly has 862 delegates to 209 for Sanders.
On the Republican side, Trump continues to lead with 221 delegates, while Cruz remains in second place with 69 delegates. Rubio remains firmly in third with 44 delegates, followed by Kasich with 19 delegates and Carson with 7.
Hillary Clinton clearly drew a bead on Donald Trump in her victory speech in Miami, Florida, already gearing up for a general election that she sees as a contest between her and the New York real estate billionaire in the wake of both candidates' major victories across the board on Super Tuesday.
In a thinly veiled attack on Trump's anti-immigrant stance and his push to build a wall between Mexico and America, Clinton called for love not hate in America. "I believe what we need in America today is more love and kindness," Clinton said. "It's clear that the stakes in this election have never been higher. And the rhetoric we're hearing on the other side has never been lower.
"All across our country today Democrats voted to break down barriers so we can all rise together," Clinton told supporters at her Miami headquarters. "We know we've got work to do, but that work is not to make America great again; America never stopped being great."
The race for Oklahoma has been called for Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz. This is the second win for both candidates.
Donald Trump might not be the biggest fan of the media — he recently called the press a "terrible group of people" — but he's planning to celebrate his big victories tonight with reporters, not supporters.
Dozens of reporters are already waiting at Trump's exclusive Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, which costs $100,000 to join. (The media was directed to use the service entrance.)
Trump plans to preen in the White and Gold Ballroom, decorated with gold moldings and three massive crustal chandeliers. The stage is lined with ten American flags.
The first two rows of gold-painted chairs have been reserved for Trump's family and special guests. A campaign staffer warned reporters not to damage anything.
Two minutes after the polls close in Texas, The AP has called it for Clinton and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. It is the first state Trump has lost tonight.
The race in Virginia has been called for Donald Trump, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio coming in second. Early exit polls suggested Rubio could pull off an upset in the southern state.
Georgia and Virginia exit polls clearly underscored Bernie Sanders' Achilles heel in the Democratic campaign. Polls in both states bared a huge lead among African American voters for Hillary Clinton.
Clinton was picked by 82% of black voters, while Sanders was backed by just 18%, according to a CBS exit polls. In Georgia, Clinton was backed by a slightly larger margin of African American voters, with 83% supporting her, according to CNN.
Clinton has already been projected as the clear winner in both states.
Less than 2 minutes after closing the polls in Arkansas, The AP is calling the Democratic race for Hillary Clinton.
Arkansas has officially closed its polls at 8.30pm EST/1.30am GMT.
Votes in Virginia are still rolling in:
Four additional states have closed, with several states being called for frontrunners Clinton and Trump.
Can Donald Trump nail down the GOP nomination with his Super Tuesday delegate tally?
There's no way. Even if he snatched up every possible delegate he'd still fall far short of the majority of delegates he needs — which would be 1,237 this year — to clinch the nomination. That's not to say he could snag big numbers and chalk up a mammoth psychological victory in the race.
Trump went into Super Tuesday with 82 delegates, nearly five times Rubio's and Cruz's totals at the start of the day. They're now battling over a total of 595 delegates, with Trump poised to take the lion's share.
No surprises here:
Virginia exit polls are giving Marco Rubio a glimmer of hope at trumping Donald Trump for the first time in the election. Rubio's campaign was feeling bullish after the candidate's sharp attack on his rival, presenting Trump as a shape-shifting con artist who wouldn't deliver on his promises.
Some late-deciding voters were apparently convinced by Rubio — and concerned about Trump's stalling in denouncing white supremacists, according to exit polls reported by Fox News.
Right now Rubio is running second to Trump in Virginia with 30% to Trump's 39% — but that's with only 1% of the votes counted.