Donald Trump continues to deflect a steady stream of attacks from his rivals, damaging stories in the press, and regular confusion over his own policy platform to end the week as the front-runner for the Republican nomination.
Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio's rapid decline leaves Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a hardline conservative loathed by many party insiders, as the GOP'S last best alternative to Trump, according to NBC News.
But while Cruz won Idaho, Trump easily won Michigan and Mississippi — the two biggest delegate prizes of Tuesday's contests — and was projected to win the Hawaii caucus. In doing so he once again dashed rivals' hopes that their efforts to drag down his campaign might finally be yielding fruit.
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"I don't think I've ever had so many horrible things said about me," Trump stated in a press conference on Tuesday night.