Florida and Ohio are the big prizes in Tuesday’s Republican primaries, and the results could spell the end of the line for two presidential hopefuls.
Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and John Kasich need wins in their respective home states to keep their hopes for the White House alive.
The Florida senator and Ohio governor also hope to complicate Donald Trump’s path to their party’s nomination.
Thursday’s contests could give Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton the chance to put their parties’ nominations out of sight for their competitors.
Meanwhile, Trump will not be charged by officials in North Carolina, after a protester was assaulted by a Trump supporter at a rally.
The Republican front-runner briefly faced the threat for criminal charges on Monday night as calls grew to check the ongoing violence reported at Trump events.
North Carolina police were investigating an incident where an African American protester was struck in the face while being escorted out of a rally in Fayetteville on Thrusday. Trump offered to pay the legal fees for the assailant.
The self-proclaimed billionaire and former reality TV star said he would like to punch protesters in the face himself.
Republican hopeful Ted Cruz addressed the recent spat of viloence at a rally in Preoria on Monday saying, “One difference between this and a Donald Trump rally is I’m not asking anyone to punch you in the face.”
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was campaining for Trump in Florida Monday. The once vice persidential hopeful used the opportunity to charge protestors with “petty punk-ass little thuggery stuff,” and accusing them of “trying to take away your first amendment right, your rights to assemble peacefully.” Palin also slighted the media with being on the protestor’s side.
The three largest states will award their 254 delegates on a winner-takes-all basis on Tuesday. If successful, Trump could see a clear path to winning the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination.