Win for Clinton in Northern Mariana Islands; Rubio has sharp words about Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times Eastern Standard Time):

10:20 a.m.

Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic caucus on the Northern Mariana Islands.

The U.S. territory located in the Pacific Ocean near Guam held its vote Saturday.

Clinton received 54 percent of 189 votes cast to earn four of the six delegates at stake.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders picked up two delegates.

Heading into a batch of delegate-rich states on Tuesday, Clinton now has 766 delegates to Sanders’ 551, based on primaries and caucuses alone.

When including superdelegates – party leaders who can support any candidate – Clinton’s lead is even bigger: 1,227 to Sanders’ 576.

The Northern Mariana Islands is one of five U.S. territories that help choose the Democratic nominee, even though they don’t get a vote in the November general election. It has a population of 52,000.

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9:35 a.m.

Sharp words from Marco Rubio about Donald Trump and the mess at Trump’s canceled rally in Chicago.

Rubio is still hoping to be the Republican presidential nominee, but he’s also said he’d support whichever candidate the party picks. Trump is the front-runner, and Rubio says he’ll stick to his pledge, but “it’s getting harder every day.”

Rubio says that some of the blame for what happened Friday night in Chicago lies with the protesters, but he says much of the divisiveness is in Trump’s hands.

Rubio says Trump is feeding into some voters’ anger and bitterness and is manipulating that for votes.

Rubio – a Florida senator – is campaigning Saturday in his home state, which holds its presidential primary on Tuesday.

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9:15 a.m.

CBS News says one of its reporters has been charged with resisting arrest in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s canceled rally in Chicago.

Reporter Sopan Deb was on the floor of the arena on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday night and interviewed Trump supporters and protesters. He also was taking video of the scene outside of the arena.

Some of Deb’s video aired on CBS’ “This Morning” show.

At one point, he’s seen being thrown to the ground by police and handcuffed. In the video, Deb identifies himself as a member of the news media.

CBS says Deb has covered the Trump campaign since the beginning.

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9 a.m.

Hundreds of people have staked out spots near where Donald Trump’s plane will arrive for a rally at a hangar near Dayton, Ohio.

Long lines of people are passing through security screenings.

Beverly Joavoe of Covington, Kentucky, says she’s been at the site since 1 a.m. She’s hoping to shake Trump’s hand.

She says the protests at Trump rallies Friday were “really scary. I hope it won’t happen here.”

Claudia Young came to the Dayton rally with her husband, Michael, from Muncie, Indiana.

It was a raucous scene Friday night in Chicago when Trump called off the rally due to safety concerns after protesters packed the arena where he was to speak.

Claudia Young’s take on that? “. We’re supposed to have freedom of speech in this country, but the people who came to see Trump couldn’t listen to what they wanted to hear.”

About dozen young protesters are on a corner about half a mile from the Dayton hangar. Messages on their signs include “Make love, not walls,” and “Jews and Muslims United.”

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8:55 a.m.

The political world is closely watching the latest Donald Trump campaign events after the Republican presidential candidate canceled a Chicago rally over fears of violence.

The GOP front-runner is scheduled to campaign Saturday in Ohio – Dayton and Cleveland – before an evening event in Kansas City, Missouri.

It was a raucous scene Friday night in Chicago when Trump called off the rally due to safety concerns after protesters packed the arena where he was to speak.

The announcement of the postponement led a large portion of the crowd inside the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion to break out into raucous cheers.

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