Clinton, Trump celebrate Super Tuesday wins in South Florida; Rubio won't quit

Presidential contenders hold events in Miami, Palm Beach

MIAMI – Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Republican contenders Marco Rubio and Donald Trump spent Super Tuesday in South Florida.

Clinton spoke at a rally in Miami as she celebrated victories in Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas.

"It's clear tonight that the stakes in this election have never been higher and the rhetoric we're hearing on the other side has never been lower," Clinton said. "Trying to divide America between us and them is wrong, and we're not going to let it work."

Another big winner was Trump, who held a news conference at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

Trump was less than sympathetic for Rubio, both of whom have traded barbs in the days leading up to Super Tuesday.

"I know it was a very tough night for Marco Rubio. He had a tough night," Trump said. "But he worked hard. He spent a lot of money. He is a lightweight, like I've said before."

Rubio is banking on a strong showing in his home state of Florida, but Trump vowed to spend a lot of time in the Sunshine State.

Trump was joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has endorsed him in the presidential race.

Rubio held a rally Tuesday at Tropical Park and used the platform to attack Trump.

"We are going to send a message that the party of (Abraham) Lincoln and (Ronald) Reagan and the presidency of the United States will never be held by a con artist," Rubio said.

Despite a poor showing on Super Tuesday, Rubio vowed that he would continue to pursue the presidency.

"I want you to understand that no matter how long it takes ... I will campaign as long as it takes and wherever it takes to ensure that I am the next president of the United States," Rubio said.

A CNN poll released Tuesday morning shows that both Sen. Bernie Sanders and Clinton would beat the Republican front-runner Trump in a hypothetical matchup.

Sanders scored 55 percent support in the mock matchup against Trump's 43 percent. Clinton also tops Trump in the poll with 52 percent to his 44 percent.

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