Cleveland: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton yesterday won pivotal primaries in the hotly contested US presidential polls and an epic clash between the two front-runners seemed imminent as they nearly knocked out their rivals to secure their parties’ nomination.

With their Super Tuesday wins, real estate tycoon Donald Trump now has 646 Republican delegates, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 1,561 Democratic delegates.  Pics/AFP
With their Super Tuesday wins, real estate tycoon Donald Trump now has 646 Republican delegates, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 1,561 Democratic delegates.  Pics/AFP

Rubio edged out
Trump kept his substantial delegate lead by winning at least three Republican contests, including his knockout victory in Florida that pushed rival and Senator from the state Marco Rubio out of the race.

With their Super Tuesday wins, real estate tycoon Donald Trump now has 646 Republican delegates, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 1,561 Democratic delegates.

Trump won Florida, the biggest prize on ‘Super Tuesday 2.0’, including all 99 of its delegates.

Clinton, 68, took big strides toward the Democratic nomination by winning Florida and North Carolina while also posting crucial victories over rival Bernie Sanders by taking Ohio and Illinois.

The former Secretary of State now has 1,561 delegates as against 800 of her rival Sanders.

She needs 2,382 of the 4,763 Democratic Party delegates before the Philadelphia convention in July.

Sanders said he would continue with his campaign and has not given up despite the setback today.