From left, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., while Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, March 15, 2016 . . .
Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton inched closer and closer to the Republican and Democratic parties’ presidential nominations respectively.
Trump, the controversial reality TV star, has upended the political establishment by winning most of the state-by-state competitions for delegates who will choose the Republican nominee. Hillary Clinton now holds a 767-553 leads in delegates over Vermont Sen. A Democratic candidate needs to win 2,383 delegates in order to become the presidential hopeful.
Trump and Clinton win seven states and start to look toward general election. A pitched battle for the White House between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton moved closer to becoming reality as both leapt further ahead in the battleground states of a marathon Super Tuesday.
By midnight EST, the Associated Press had declared that Clinton and Trump had each won seven states, cementing their status as frontrunners on what could prove to be a defining night in the 2016 contest.
Clinton swept the south, winning in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, then narrowly won in Massachusetts, her first New England victory.
Trump won the first five Republican results of the night – Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia. He later added Arkansas and narrowly held off Ohio governor John Kasich in Vermont.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the media following victory in the Florida state primary on March 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida (AFP Photo/Rhona Wise)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to her supporters on March 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida.