Trump takes Virginia, dealing blow to Rubio
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Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE has won the Virginia primary, major news outlets are projecting.

It marks his fifth victory of the night, following wins in Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts and Tennessee.

Trump’s wins deal painful blows to his rivals — particularly Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE — who had hoped to stall Trump's momentum, which is building seemingly inexorably toward the Republican nomination.

Trump cannot accumulate enough delegates to win the nomination outright on Tuesday, but GOP strategists concede privately that a huge night would make him nearly impossible to stop.

Trump’s victory in Virginia is of particular importance. The Rubio camp had targeted the Old Dominion as one of its must-win Super Tuesday states, according to two senior sources familiar with the campaign’s internal planning.  

Virginia has a large number of wealthy and well-educated Republican voters. Trump’s ability to win there will send further chills down the spines of party establishment figures who are frantically plotting strategies to stop the billionaire populist from securing the GOP nomination.