The Latest: Trump rejects idea GOP nomination is his to lose

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the 2016 presidential race as Republicans look back on South Carolina’s primary and ahead to Nevada’s caucuses on Tuesday and Democrats move past their Nevada contest and await a South Carolina faceoff on Saturday (all times local):

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, after winning the First-in-the-South primary. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

9 a.m.

Donald Trump is rejecting the idea that the Republican nomination is his to lose after his big win in South Carolina.

Trump says on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he still faces some tough competition, so “I don’t want to say it’s mine.”

Trump was asked about Marco Rubio’s suggestion that he needs to be more specific about his policy ideas. The billionaire businessman responded that he has “great knowledge of foreign policy.” And he says he’s a better vision for how to end the bloodshed and unrest in Syria than those who offer themselves as “great military geniuses.”


8:54 a.m.

Marco Rubio says he’s in good shape to more directly take on Donald Trump as a smaller Republican field moves on after South Carolina.

The Florida senator tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the choice for Republicans is becoming “clearer and clearer” now that rival Jeb Bush is out of the race.

Rubio says it’s time for Trump — who won in South Carolina on Saturday — to start spelling out clear policy positions on national security matters, health care and more.

Rubio puts it this way: “If you’re running to be president, you can’t just tell people you’re going to make America great again.”


8:50 a.m.

Fresh from his victory in South Carolina’s primary, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is sending a big thank you to Sarah Palin.

In a tweet, Trump is citing the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee for her “amazing help and support.” Palin has endorsed the billionaire businessman in the GOP race.

Trump says he had a big win on Saturday and that “the people of South Carolina got it.”


8:25 a.m.

The presidential candidates are on the move.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump is looking for support in Atlanta on Sunday. Marco Rubio plans stops in Tennessee and Arkansas before ending up in Nevada. That’s where you’ll find Ted Cruz — ahead of Tuesday’s caucuses there.

Democrat Bernie Sanders campaign in the South — South Carolina, which holds its party primary this coming Saturday. Hillary Clinton is supposed to be fundraising in California.


8:05 a.m.

The 2016 presidential campaign isn’t taking too long off before the next contests.

It’s the Republicans now heading to the West and Democrats venturing to the South.

The GOP candidates are setting their sights on Nevada for that state’s caucuses on Tuesday. Nevada Democrats caucused on Saturday and gave Hillary Clinton a clear victory over Bernie Sanders.

Attention in South Carolina turns to those Democrats after Republican primary voters sent Donald Trump to his second straight election victory. South Carolina’ Democratic primary is Saturday.

And then coming up is Super Tuesday — March 1 — when voters in a dozen states plus American Samoa pick their presidential favorites.