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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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As the results in the South Carolina Republican primary were still being tallied, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) declared on Saturday that the GOP primary is now a three-way race.

"After tonight this has become a three-person race, and we will win the nomination," Rubio said in his speech.

At the time of his speech, he was battling with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for a second-place finish in South Carolina, and Donald Trump had been declared the winner.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday night announced that he would suspend his presidential campaign.

Bush said he was proud of his campaign, but acknowledged that his struggling campaign did not perform well in the first three primaries.

"The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision. So tonight I am suspending my campaign," he said.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) conceded the Democratic Nevada caucus in a Saturday speech, noting that his presidential campaign has come a long way in the past few months.

"Five weeks ago, we were 25 points behind in the polls and we have made some real progress," Sanders told his supporters about his standing in Nevada.

"What this entire campaign has been about is the issue of momentum, is the issue of bringing more and more people into the political process," he continued, noting that people are starting to hear his message.

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The Republican presidential primary in South Carolina was too close to call as polls closed at 7 p.m. ET, according to NBC News and CNN.

The networks said it was a three way race between Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

A small crowd of protesters carrying guns arrived outside an Irving, Texas, mosque which was holding an event to welcome refugees, carrying signs that read, "Say No To Syrian Refugees," according to the Dallas Morning News.

The protest was organized by the Bureau of American Islamic Relations, meant to mimic the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The group's president, David Wright, told the Dallas Morning News that he wanted to see the refugees that arrived at the event.

"We want to see how many are actually women and children," he said.

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In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley reiterated that they believe the next president should fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

"Americans issued a stinging rebuke to this president and his policies in our latest national election, delivering a landslide for the opposition party as they handed control of the Senate to Republicans in 2014," the two senators wrote in the op-ed.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday morning said he did not think Pope Francis should have commented on Donald Trump's plans to build a border wall or his faith.

"I thought it probably was inappropriate for the Pope to intervene at the -- in the height of a contested primary in that way," Bush said when asked about the Pope's comments on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I don't question Donald Trump's Christianity, that's between him and his creator. The fact is, he's got the wrong policy. Building a wall and making Mexico pay for it is not a policy."

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In a Thursday post on Facebook, the Rev. Franklin Graham defended Donald Trump's support for building a wall along the United States border with Mexico, and called on Pope Francis to "build a bridge" to the Republican presidential candidate.

The Pope on Thursday said that anyone who wants to build walls, rather than bridges, "is not Christian" when asked about Donald Trump.

"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," Pope Francis said. "This is not in the Gospel."

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A judge in Illinois will hear arguments on Friday for a case challenging Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) eligibility to run for president, according to USA Today.

Lawrence Joyce filed a complaint with the Illinois Board of Elections charging that Cruz is not a "natural born citizen." The board of elections ruled against Joyce earlier in February, writing that Cruz "is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth as the candidate did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after his birth."

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