Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump win Florida primary


Florida has spoken: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won the state's Republican and Democratic primaries on Super Tuesday.

At his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Trump thanked Florida and added that he was attracting new members to the GOP, the Miami Herald reports.

“They’re not angry people, but they want to see the country properly run,” Trump says of his supporters, according to the Herald. “The fact is, we have to bring our party together. We have to bring it together.”

The Republican presidential candidate and businessman crushed Florida's U.S. Sen. Marco by collecting 439,664 more votes, beating Rubio by a margin of 45.7 percent to 27 percent, according to the latest results from the Florida Division of Elections at 11:30 p.m. After the embarrassing loss, Rubio suspended his presidential aspirations, telling his supporters, “While we are on the right side, this year we will not be on the winning side.”

On the Democratic front, former Secretary of State Clinton sailed past U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders with 529,624 more votes, by a margin of 64.4 percent to 33.2 percent. At a victory speech in West Palm Beach, Clinton told her supporters that “running for president is hard, but being president is harder.”

“We're not going to succeed by dividing this country between us and them,” she says, according to Vox. “You know, to be great, we can't be small. We can't lose what made America great in the first place. And this isn't just about Trump, all of us have to do our part. We can't just talk about economic inequality, we have to take on all forms of inequality.”

Clinton also won primaries in North Carolina and Ohio on Tuesday, while Trump won in Illinois and North Carolina. Ohio Gov. John Kasich won the Republican primary in his home state.

In Orange County, Trump and Clinton beat their opponents by similar margins, according to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website. In total, 95,884 Orange County residents voted at the polls on Tuesday. 

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