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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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The networks and the Associated Press characterized the Republican Mississippi primary as too early to call when polls closed at 8 p.m. ET.

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are engaged in a two-man race, according to the AP.

Exit polling showed John Kasich and Marco Rubio trailing far behind in the state.

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Hillary Clinton is projected to win the Mississippi primary, building on the momentum she earned winning contests in other Southern states.

Her defeat of Bernie Sanders was called at 8 p.m. EST by the networks.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Monday that President Obama's yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee would be like a "piñata."

"I think they will bear some resemblance to a piñata," Cornyn told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to CNN.

"What I don't understand is how someone who actually wants to be confirmed to the Supreme Court would actually allow themselves to be used by the administration in a political fight that's going to last from now until the end of the year," Cornyn continued.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) refused to say at Thursday GOP's debate whether he believed a gay couple should be able to adopt, and instead, passed the issue on to the states.

"Well, listen, adoption is decided at the state level and I am a believer in the 10th Amendment in the Constitution. I would leave the question of marriage to the states, I would leave the question of adoption to the states," he said.

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Donald Trump responded to a jab Marcio Rubio has made about the size of Trump's hands -- a line widely interpreted to be a reference to Trump's manhood -- by promising that when it comes to the size of "something else," he guarantees "there is no problem."

"He hit my hands. Nobody has ever hit my hands. I have never heard of this. Look at those hands. Are they small hands?" Trump said at the Fox News GOP debate Thursday. "And he referred to my hands if they are small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there is no problem. I guarantee you."

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Senate Democrats accused their Republican counterparts of hiding from the public, rather than explaining why they won’t even consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. The allegations flew after an unrelated public meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- the committee that would typical host Supreme Court nomination hearings -- scheduled for Thursday was abruptly canceled.

“This would have been the first opportunity for all members of this committee to debate in public the Republican chairman's unilateral decision to issue a blanket hold on an unnamed Supreme Court nominee,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a committee member, said on the Senate floor Thursday. “They're afraid to discuss the issue. They cannot in public debate win the argument that we shouldn't be doing our job.”

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