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Analysis: Donald Trump adjusting to role of GOP standard-bearer

On a night where Donald Trump leaped ahead of Republican rivals and won at least seven states, it was fitting that he dispensed with tradition and did not throw a victory party. Instead, Trump summoned the media to a news conference.

AP News Guide: Big Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton wins, no shocks

WASHINGTON – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump scored delegate-rich Super Tuesday victories across the South and beyond as they bid for clear sailing in a tempest-tossed campaign for the presidential nominations.

Exit poll: Hillary Clinton expands base, Donald Trump sells outsider image

Hillary Clinton held on to older people and ate into Bernie Sanders’ support among the 30-to-44 crowd on Super Tuesday as her rival claimed a clear advantage with only one age group: his devoted under-30 followers.

Super Tuesday Democratic results

Results from Super Tuesday.

Donald Trump claims 7 GOP victories, extending dominance

MIAMI – Donald Trump won the Georgia primary, claiming the first Republican victory on Super Tuesday as the New York businessman looks to extend his dominance in 2016 primary. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were fighting to emerge as the leading Trump alternative. Contests in Virginia and Vermont were too close to call as the first polls closed, while voting continued across eight other states.

Super Tuesday Republican results

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Hillary Clinton solidifies lead with wins in 7 states

MIAMI – Hillary Clinton achieved key victories in Georgia and Virginia to extend her lead over Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, who won his home state of Vermont but risks a major setback if he has a poor showing in the rest of the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses. Backed by black voters, Clinton aims for a sweep of Southern states holding primaries and polls showed her with a big advantage in Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. Sanders could only bank on the home-state win and both campaigns were vying for support in Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oklahoma.

It’s a Super Tuesday for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton claimed Super Tuesday victories in the Georgia and Virginia Democratic primaries, while rival Bernie Sanders carried his home state of Vermont. Republican front-runner Donald Trump picked up his first win of the night in Georgia’s GOP contest.

The Latest: Ted Cruz wins Alaska caucuses to wrap Super Tuesday

The Latest on campaign 2016 on Super Tuesday.

Mexico to confront criticisms from US political campaigns

The Mexican government has come up with a plan to confront criticism of the country during U.S. electoral campaigns, but it doesn’t include getting into verbal duels with presidential candidates.

Birther ballot challenge against Ted Cruz in Illinois tossed by judge

A judge has dismissed a claim that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz isn’t eligible for the Illinois ballot because he was born in Canada.

Trump University fraud lawsuit can continue, court says

A New York court has refused to throw out a fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump over his former school for real estate investors.

Paul Ryan: GOP nominee must reject bigotry

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday anyone who wants to be the Republican presidential nominee must reject any racist group or individual. Ryan made the tacit swipe at GOP front runner Donald Trump as voters in 11 states holding GOP contests headed to the polls on Super Tuesday.

Super Tuesday

AUSTIN, Texas – Supporters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton celebrated their candidates’ wins in many of the states voting on the busiest day of the 2016 primaries.

Trump and Clinton have so far notched Super Tuesday wins in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Arkansas and Massachusetts. Trump also won in Massachusetts and Vermont, and Clinton in Texas. Ted Cruz picked up his home state of Texas as well as neighboring Oklahoma, and Marco Rubio scored a lone victory in Minnesota. Sanders won his home state of Vermont, and Oklahoma, Colorado and Minnesota.

Republicans are voting in 11 states, with 595 delegates at stake. Democrats are casting ballots in 11 states plus the territory of American Samoa, with 865 delegates up for grabs.

A collection of photos capturing Super Tuesday, from across the United States and beyond, by the Associated Press.

Why Super Tuesday is so important to the presidential candidates in both parties

After starting small, the presidential campaign has exploded into a nationwide contest that on Tuesday could all but decide the Democratic and Republican nominating fights. Twelve states from Alaska to Massachusetts will hold caucuses and primaries that day, awarding a big chunk of the delegates needed to secure the two major party nominations.

Exit poll: Black voters lead Hillary Clinton to resounding victory

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton won a clear and commanding victory in South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary on Saturday thanks to the overwhelming support of black voters.

The Latest: Hillary Clinton collects 39 delegates with S.C. victory

The Latest on the 2016 presidential race, with attention focused on the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Saturday.

Marco Rubio tax returns show steady salary, boosted by book deals

WASHINGTON – Marco Rubio released summaries of his last five years of tax filings on Saturday, revealing him to be a candidate with a senator’s steady annual income of $176,000 who reaped repeated windfalls from book deals. During his first four years in the Senate, Rubio and his wife Jeanette together earned an average of $531,000 a year. Since winning election to an office in Washington, Rubio’s income has ranged from $276,059 to $938,963, and he has paid between $46,500 and $254,894 in federal income tax. Most of the income came from a business that collected royalties on two books, based on a comparison with personal Senate financial disclosures.

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio escalate case against Donald Trump

ATLANTA – With Super Tuesday approaching, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz escalated their argument Saturday that Donald Trump is a conservative impostor, trying to make the case to voters they can keep the ascendant billionaire from claiming the Republican presidential nomination. At a rally outside the Georgia Capitol, Cruz went after Trump’s positions on immigration and gun control, criticized his ethics and hammered him for his frequent use of profanity.

Donald Trump wants to weaken libel laws amid feuds with reporters

Feeling maligned by the media, Donald Trump is threatening to weaken First Amendment protections for reporters if he were president and make it easier for him to sue them.