Super Tuesday: GOP leaders call out Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has momentum in her corner

On Super Tuesday, nearly a quarter of GOP delegates and nearly a fifth of Democratic delegates are up for grabs.

Candidates on both sides spent Tuesday, March 1st campaigning.

Donald Trump

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump left the Super Tuesday states behind -- already looking ahead to later states -- Kentucky, Ohio and Florida.

Senator Ted Cruz was in his home state of Texas, where he voted on Tuesday morning.

Senator Marco Rubio held a campaign rally in another Super Tuesday state -- Minnesota.

Ted Cruz

Ohio Governor John Kasich was in Arlington, Virginia. He said he expected to pick up some delegates and planned to "head north."

Ben Carson called on the five Republican candidates to gather and "bury their hatches" before the next debate, which is Thursday night, March 3rd in Detroit.

If Donald Trump wins big on Tuesday night, he will take a commanding lead in the delegate count. This, as some members of his own party say he'll destroy the GOP's hopes this fall.

Marco Rubio

Even House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke up about Trump on Tuesday.

"Today I want to be very clear about something," Ryan said.

Ryan on Tuesday broke his silence on the Republican primary to call out Trump.

Over the weekend, Trump refused for a time to condemn the KKK.

John Kasich

"If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games. They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry," Ryan said.

Ryan never mentioned Trump's name, and said he'll support whomever the GOP nominates.

Governor Scott Walker tweeted his agreement with Ryan.

House Speaker Paul Ryan

The concerns about Trump run much deeper for several Wisconsin Republicans who say they won't support Trump if he's the nominee.

"I think there is enormous concern over a man like Donald Trump leading not only our party but our country," Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) said.

Marquette University Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin says there's more division over Trump than anything he's seen before.

"GOP leadership that`s opposed to Trump is trying a Hail Mary pass here at the end, but my sense is, it`s remarkably late in the process for a Hail Mary to work," Franklin said.

That's because if the polls are right, Trump will have a huge lead in the delegate count after Tuesday night.

"It's probably too little, too late," Franklin said.

That leaves Trump's opponents in desperation mode.

"Obviously having a different alternative is going to become more and more difficult," Steineke said of the potential for a big Trump win on Super Tuesday.

Trump holds big leads in seven of the 11 states where polls have been done ahead of Super Tuesday voting. That leaves the other candidates trying to pull out one or two wins apiece to prove they can stay in this fight.

Hillary Clinton

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has momentum in her corner.

She was the winner in three of the first four states -- coming off a big 48-point win in South Carolina and is poised to pick up most of the delegates on Super Tuesday.

Bernie Sanders

After voting in Vermont on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders said no matter what happens on Tuesday night, his campaign will still be going on Wednesday.

Sanders' campaign was expected to raise $40 million in the month of February alone.

"I think the inevitability or the logic of Hillary Clinton becoming the nominee does not necessarily mean that (Tuesday) night, Bernie Sanders is going to say, 'OK I lost. There`s no way I can do it,'" Mordecai Lee, UW-Milwaukee professor said.

Clinton has a solid lead in the polls in eight of the 11 states where Democrats are voting on Super Tuesday.