The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 3.2.2016

The Democratic and Republican primary races cleared up, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton pulling further ahead of rivals. They could both close the deal in the next two weeks.

Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. (Image via Clinton's Facebook page).
Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. (Image via Clinton's Facebook page).

What happened last night: Super Tuesday
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won dominant positions in the Republican and Democratic primary races, respectively. Ted Cruz won GOP big prize Texas, as well as Oklahoma and Alaska. Marco Rubio took Minnesota. Bernie Sanders got the most votes in his home state of Vermont, as well as Colorado, Oklahoma, and Minnesota.

What happened after the votes were counted?
Donald Trump opted for a press conference at his opulent Mar-a-Lago, Florida, estate, irritating Cruz, who was waiting for the networks to turn away before taking the stage in Texas. Twitter mocked new Trump sidekick Chris Christie, who looked like he couldn’t believe his eyes, during the event.

What happens next?
While Clinton has all but wrapped things up on the Democratic side, Cruz’s win in Texas ensures a longer primary process for the Republicans, who can still stop Trump from winning the required number of delegates before the convention. Rubio is clinging to slim hopes. A slew of large states go to the polls on March 15.

FBI director: Mistakes were made
James Comey, FBI chief, conceded on Tuesday in front of a congressional committee that his agency erred in the early days of the San Bernardino investigation, making it harder to get data from shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone. However, he said the FBI still would have needed Apple’s help. The hearings took place amid a legal battle between Apple and the FBI over whether the company should help investigators hack into the iPhone.

Pincus out at Zynga, again
For the second time, Mark Pincus is exiting the CEO role at mobile-game-maker Zynga. Electronic Arts veteran Frank Gibeau will replace him. Pincus returned to the top role at the company last year to replace Don Mattrick as chief executive of Zynga, which has not been able to build on the early success of games such as Farmville.

What to know on Wednesday:
Singer Sam Smith takes a Twitter break after negative reaction to his Oscars comments. Secret Service to investigate agent’s tussle with Time photographer at Trump event. "IDK Not Trump Tho" sign becomes Internet sensation. Major League Baseball suspends Yankees pitcher 30 games after domestic violence incident. 

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