“What tonight means is that the Bernie Sanders campaign, the political revolution we’re talking about, is strong in every part of the country and frankly we believe ours strongest areas are yet to come," Sanders said in a short statement Tuesday night before the race was called.
Prime time coverage on network TV focused heavily on Trump. Several of the major networks carried live, uninterrupted feeds of his press conference following his win. Noted Hadas Gold, Politico’s media reporter:
Trump's wins Tuesday position him well for the upcoming batch of primary states, many of them critical winner-take-all contests.
The billionaire held his victory speech at his campaign headquarters in Jupiter, Fla., a clear indication on where he's focusing on next.
"We're way up with millions of people. So what I say to the Republicans is embrace it," Trump said. "We will win the election easily."
The night was a major letdown for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who placed fourth in both the Michigan and Mississippi contests. He'll have little time to build momentum before Floridians hit the polls next week, seen as the make-or-break moment for the freshman senator's campaign. A recent poll from Monmouth University had him trailing Trump by eight percentage points in his home state.
Voters in Hawaii also cast ballots on Tuesday.