Super Tuesday wraps up with Trump, Clinton ahead

Trump is now getting ready for a potential general election fight

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(CNN) Super Tuesday has come and gone, and Donald Trump has widened his lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

But some Republicans are calling to unify behind another candidate in a bid to unseat the real estate mogul before it’s too late.

Donald Trump now has a wide lead in the delegate fight and may be on the cusp of locking down the Republican nomination.

“It’s only too bad that winner didn’t take all, because if winner took all, this thing is over, we’re just having a celebration,” he said.

Republican leaders are still hoping someone can mount a challenge — as some suggest Ted Cruz, who won three states last night — could be the Trump alternative.

Meanwhile Ohio Gov. John Kasich faces increasing pressure to step aside  including from supporters of Marco Rubio.

The field does appear to be winnowing. On Wednesday, Dr Ben Carson put out a statement saying, “I do not see a political path forward,” adding he will not attend Thursday’s debate.

Trump is now getting ready for a potential general election fight.

“So, look, I’m a unifier. I know people are going to find that a little bit hard to believe, but believe me, I am a unifier. Once we get all of this finished, I’m going to go after one person — that’s Hillary Clinton,” he said.

For Clinton, Super Tuesday solidified her standing as the Democratic front-runner.

Clinton won seven out of 11 states up for grabs, even eking out a win in Sanders’ neighboring state of Massachusetts.

Clinton is now halfway to the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination, and, in the aftermath of their wins, both candidates praised supporters and vowed to fight on.

Before any Clinton-Trump match takes shape, she has Sanders to contend with. He’s pledging to stay in the race until the convention, with friendlier contests coming up in Kansas, Nebraska, Maine and Michigan.

The Clinton campaign released a memo on Wednesday, saying Sanders might win more states, but called it “mathematically impossible for senator Sanders to catch up.”

It’s a delicate dance for Clinton, who eight years ago bristled at calls for her to step aside.

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