Hillary Clinton's victories Tuesday night have all but secured her the Democratic presidential nomination

By Tierney McAfee
Updated March 15, 2016 09:35 PM
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Hillary Clinton won the Ohio, Florida and North Carolina Democratic primaries on Super Tuesday 2, dealing a big blow to rival Bernie Sanders and reaffirming her path to the Democratic nomination.

Clinton had been widely predicted to win Florida and North Carolina, but after the Vermont senator unexpectedly defeated the former secretary of state in Michigan last week, some analysts thought he might pull off a similar upset in Ohio.

With 6 percent of the vote reported in the Buckeye State, Clinton had 65 percent to Sanders’ 34 percent. In Florida, she had 65 percent to Sanders’ 33 percent. With 8 percent of precincts reporting in North Carolina, Clinton had 57 percent support to Sanders’ 39 percent.

According to an Associated Press poll, Clinton also pulled out a narrow victory in Illinois, with 50.5 percent of votes to Sanders’ 48.7 percent.

Clinton’s victories Tuesday night have all but secured her the Democratic presidential nomination, something she hinted at in her victory speech.

“Tonight it’s clearer than ever that this might be one of the most consequential campaigns of our lifetime,” she said.

“Our campaign has earned more vote than any other candidate, Democrat or Republican. You voted for our tomorrow to be better than our yesterday,” she continued. “Tomorrow where all of us do our part and everyone has a chance to live up to his or her God-given potential. That’s how America can live up to its potential, too.”

“If we reach out to treat each other with respect and kindness, even love, instead of bluster and bigotry, if we lift each other up instead of tearing each other down, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish together.”

Sanders is still hoping for wins in the night’s only remaining state – Missouri – which is still too close to call.