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Can home-field advantage boost Rubio and Kasich?

Five big states -- Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri -- come to the fore Tuesday night, as the latest round of primary voting promises to either push the frontrunners past their dogged opponents or breathe new life into failing campaigns.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Five big states come to the fore on this Tuesday night, and six presidential candidates are waiting for their judgment. It could move front-runners closer to wrapping up the races, or give challengers new life.

    GOV. JOHN KASICH (R-OH), Republican Presidential Candidate: We're going to win. I feel terrific.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The message was positive this morning from John Kasich in Westerville, Ohio. The governor is aiming for a home state win that slows Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

  • GOV. JOHN KASICH:

    There were probably missed opportunities to get attention early on, but by continuing to run the race, the positive campaign is now starting to shine through like a beacon all over the country.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Ohio is one of five states going to the polls, along with Florida, Missouri, Illinois, and North Carolina. In all, on the Republican side, 358 delegates are up for grabs.

    Trump started the day picking up nine delegates in caucuses held in the Northern Mariana islands in the Pacific, for a total of 469. Winning big tonight could give him an insurmountable lead toward the 1,237 needed for the nomination. That would mean beating Kasich in Ohio.

    And Trump sounded confident today in a phone interview with ABC's "Good Morning America."

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: I think we're going to do well in Ohio for all of those reasons. Your steel industry has died. Your coal industry has died. I think we're going to do really well in Ohio.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Meanwhile, Marco Rubio is pinning his remaining hopes on his home state, Florida, although recent polls had him flagging. And Ted Cruz, with the most first-place finishes aside from Trump, has his eyes on strong showings in Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.

    On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders began his day in Illinois. The Vermont senator is coming off an upset win in Michigan, and talked of achieving similar results tonight.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: I think that, in the states that are coming down the pike, we have great opportunities to win many of them. So we're feeling really good.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Hillary Clinton was in North Carolina, where she urged her supporters to turn out.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: You know, somebody might say, well, my candidate is so far ahead, I don't need to come out. Everybody should come out. There's so much at stake in this election.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Clinton is already more than halfway to the 2,383 legates needed for the Democratic nomination.

    We will hear from reporters in several key states after the news summary.

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