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Published 16/03/2016 | 02:30
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their respective presidential primaries in Florida last night, further solidifying their leads in the hotly contested races for the Republican and Democratic nominations.
For Trump, the Republican front-runner, Florida's all-or-nothing contest represents a momentous win, giving him 99 additional delegates - the largest in the quintet of contests taking place yesterday.
His victory deals a devastating blow to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who many in the Republican establishment had backed in the hope of derailing Trump's dash to the nomination.
Clinton will be awarded delegates proportionally in keeping with Democratic regulations, but the win still catapults her ahead of rival Bernie Sanders, who came into yesterday's contests with fresh momentum after scoring a big victory in Michigan last week.
Trump was also locked in a tight race with John Kasich in the Ohio governor's home-state last night. Polls had closed in Ohio and North Carolina, but the races in both parties were either too close or too early to call.
Trump entered the primaries facing accusations of encouraging violence after skirmishes at a rally last week in Chicago.
"I don't think I should be toning it down because I've had the biggest rallies of anybody probably ever," Trump said yesterday on ABC's 'Good Morning America'. "We have had very, very little difficultly."