Closed Super Tuesday: Reaction and results

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Bentonville, Arkansas

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored sweeping victories on “Super Tuesday”, significantly raising the odds that the New York businessman and the former secretary of state will confront each other in November’s presidential election. We bring the best of the reaction and results on the night.

Latest despatch from DC bureau chief @DimiSevastopulo:

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton started Super Tuesday in a strong position after the Republican and Democratic frontrunners both won their party primaries in Georgia, while Bernie Sanders notched up an early win in Vermont.

The Associated Press projected that Mr Trump had won the southern state of Georgia, which is one of 11 Republican states to vote. Mrs Clinton was projected to win the state and Virginia, the southern state that borders Washington DC.

From @DimiSevastopulo in Miami:

Mr Trump is scheduled to hold a press conference at 9pm at his Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, about an hours drive north of Miami.

Miami-based correspondent John Paul Rathbone takes in the scene at the Rubio rally at a cavernous horse ring, the Ronald Reagan equestrian centre:

Courtney Weaver — follow @courtney_ft — has picked up on remarks made by vice president Biden on Donald Trump at a Black History Month reception going on at the same time at the Naval Observatory in Washington tonight:

“I want to thank Donald Trump,” Mr Biden told guests, which included US congressmen and celebrities such as the former basketball star Dikembe Mutombo.

“The stuff he’s doing, and others, the stuff Cruz is doing. He’s making the American people look in the mirror. And the American people are honest. And they look in the mirror and see what’s looking back at them.”

If we’re smart, and we’re lucky, I’m convinced that the American people are prepared over the next decade to gradually deal with institutional racism.

On a recent trip to Mexico City, Mr Biden alluded to the rhetoric on the Republican side, saying “I almost feel obliged to apologise”, but didn’t mention Mr Trump by name.

The last word goes, as usual, to Edward Luce:

Finally, Alaska: Republicans in the state that has legalised marijuana and elected Sarah Palin as governor appear to have spurned her endorsement of Donald Trump and backed Ted Cruz, based on more than half of the vote being counted