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The Republican party competes against Trump on Super Tuesday

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Donald Trump's seven state wins on Super Tuesday. Donald Trump's seven state wins on Super Tuesday.
Kirk Randazzo said it may be too late for Republican candidates to beat Trump. Kirk Randazzo said it may be too late for Republican candidates to beat Trump.

By Raven Bouie

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump swept his opponents with wins in seven states, dominating Super Tuesday. He is confident he will wrap up the Republican nomination and is shifting his focus to the Democratic opponents.

"I am a unifier. Once we get all of this finished, I'm going after one person - that's Hillary Clinton," Trump said.

Trump's win in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia will not stop his rivals from continuing the fight.

Sen. Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas, along with Oklahoma and Alaska and says he will continue the race.

"So long as the field remains divided, Donald Trump's path to the nomination remains more likely and that would be a disaster," Cruz said. "Our campaign is the only campaign that has beaten, that can beat and that will beat Donald Trump."

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won his first primary contest, taking the Minnesota caucuses. He also says the fight continues.

"The pundits say we're underdogs, I'll accept that. This is a country of underdogs, but we will win," Rubio said.

Defeating Trump will be tougher for other candidates such as Dr. Ben Carson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Both candidates drew few GOP votes.

Carson announced he is suspending his campaign, but Kasich said he'll continue campaigning.

"We will beat Donald Trump in Ohio and it'll be a new day," said Kasich, who was not expecting many votes in Super Tuesday states.

USC political science professor Kirk Randazzo says at this point it may be too late for other Republican candidates.

"It's to the point where maybe it's too late to do something publicly which means if they have any hopes of stopping Donald Trump they're going to have to do something behind closed doors and that runs a risk of alienating voters - alienating their base," Randazzo said.

The Republican candidates will hold their next debate in Detroit on March 3.

For more information about Super Tuesday results click here.

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