Candidates that bid to be the flag bearers of their parties in the USA presidential race face their toughest challenge in the “Super Tuesday” primary polls.
In the make or break contest, 11 states vote for candidate who can be either from Republican or Democratic or both parties.
Donald Trump is the leader in the Republican field while Hillary Clinton heads the Democratic hopefuls.
Earlier on, four votes have been cast in 4 states.
The starting Super Tuesday votes were cast in Virginia at 06:00 local time.
Mr. Cruz’s home state is Texas and thus he cannot afford to lose to Donald Trump there. Similarly, if the billionaire loses in Massachusetts, his nation-wide momentum may be broken.
Hillary Clinton on the other hand plans to build on her South Carolina victory, where many of her voters were of African-Americans category, so as to re-establish her political fortunes after having lost in New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders.
America will elect an Obama successor on 8th November. Barack Obama is a Democratic president who has led for two terms, during which the Republicans were in charge of the two houses of the Congress.
Opinion polls have put Mr. Trump on the lead in close to all the 11 states: Georgia, Minnesota, Alaska, Virginia, Vermont, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Arkansas and Alabama.
During a rally at Ohio on Tuesday, Trump criticized Clinton and said that she “lacks the stamina to be a president.”
The billionaire has staged a colorful campaign that has seen him win 3 of the early 4 voting sates and in the process diving the Republicans.
Ben Sasse, Senator for Nebraska, was the first high ranking Republican personality to declare that he would not support Donald Trump.
The Democrats are voting in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Minnesota, as well as in the US territory of American Samoa.
Clinton has accused her rivals, particularly the Republican team, saying that they are running their campaign on the basis of insults. She said it had turned into some one-upmanship on insulting.
Bernie Sander’s home state is Vermont, where he voted earlier on.
While speaking to the reporters, he said that if the turnout was high, they would do well. If the opposite took a center stage, then they would struggle. He also pledged that the campaign would go to Philadelphia convention come July.