Steamrolling to a string of Super Tuesday victories, Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has vowed to beat Hillary Clinton in November’s election.
The real estate billionaire took a stride towards his party’s White House nomination with seven victories after votes in 12 US states.
Mr Trump swept Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts and Tennessee, and claimed narrower wins in Virginia, Arkansas and Vermont.
Arch-conservative Texas Senator Ted Cruz breathed a sigh of relief after a crucial win in his home state of Texas, as well as victories in Oklahoma and Alaska.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican party favourite, won his first 2016 contest, the Minnesota caucuses, but was judged to have had a lacklustre night overall.
During a victory rally in a ballroom at his seaside resort Palm Beach, Florida, Mr Trump congratulated Mr Cruz, but scorned “lightweight” Mr Rubio.
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