Clinton, Trump post narrow Missouri wins, make big gains nationally

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump posted narrow victories in Missouri’s presidential primaries Tuesday, topping statewide tallies by less than a percentage point, according to unofficial numbers released by the Missouri secretary of state early Wednesday.

But Missouri was the smallest prize on a day that Clinton and Trump won in other states to strengthen their status as frontrunners and increase the likelihood that they will be the Democrat and Republican nominees.

Clinton, the former senator and U.S. secretary of state, claimed 49.611 percent of the Democratic votes in Missouri, ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 49.366. But Clinton won Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, adding to her momentum and delegate lead over Sanders.

Trump, the businessman and TV personality, took 40.831 percent of Republican ballots in Missouri, edging Sen. Ted Cruz’s 40.646. However, Trump also claimed victories in Illinois, North Carolina and Florida. After Trump’s win in Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio’s home state, Rubio suspended his campaign.

Recounts are possible in both races, because the margin is less than one-half of 1 percent.

Read more: Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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