Bernie Sanders came up with big wins in Kansas and Nebraska, while Hillary Clinton easily walked away with a win in Louisiana today. On the Republican side, Ted Cruz won Kansas and took a surprise victory in Maine, with Donald Trump taking home the top prize in Kentucky and Louisiana. For a more detailed breakdown, see our results page for March 5th and 6th.
Report from the New York Times:
Senator Ted Cruz scored decisive wins in the Kansas and Maine caucuses on Saturday, demonstrating his enduring appeal among conservatives as he tried to reel in Donald J. Trump’s significant lead in the Republican presidential race.
Hillary Clinton and Mr. Trump won the Louisiana primaries, while Senator Bernie Sanders won the Kansas and Nebraska Democratic caucuses, according to the Kansas Democratic Party and The Associated Press. The Democratic results were not likely to alter the broader contours of a race in which Mrs. Clinton maintains a significant delegate lead.
The states voting Saturday, which also included Kentucky, award delegates proportionally, so the results could put only a modest dent in Mr. Trump’s lead. But they were sure to energize the anti-Trump forces who are desperately trying to defeat a front-runner they believe would lead the party to ruin this November.
They also illustrated the concerns about Mr. Trump that still linger among the sort of traditional Republicans who attend time-intensive party caucuses. In Kansas, where turnout was more than double the level in 2012, Mr. Cruz won 48 percent of the vote, while Mr. Trump received 23 percent, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida won 17 percent and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio won 11 percent. The results were tighter in Maine, but Mr. Cruz still easily bested Mr. Trump there.
And they left little doubt that Mr. Cruz is now the most formidable Republican alternative to Mr. Trump. The Texas senator has now captured six states over all.
Unfortunately, for Ted Cruz, this is happening on a Saturday when not too many people are paying attention. On the other hand, that’s great for Marco Rubio who fared very poorly today. Donald Trump was favored in Maine, but went down to Cruz pretty easily. I think it’s safe to say, based on these results, that Cruz is experiencing a bit of a bump either from Thursday’s debate, or perhaps from Rubio’s inability to convince Republican voters that he can mount a serious run against Trump.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders took two more states which speaks to his durability during this primary season. It will continue to be a race on the Democratic side as both candidates are amassing impressive delegate totals.
On Sunday, March 6th, Republicans caucus in Puerto Rico and Democrats do the same in Maine.