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--7 MOMENTS THAT MATTERED AT THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went head-to-head in Miami in a bilingual debate last night hosted by Univision and the Washington Post. The contentious debate focused heavily on immigration, and both candidates came armed with plenty of prepared lines about their opponents past record on the issue. Florida votes next Tuesday and winning over Hispanic voters here could make all the difference. The two candidates knew it and came ready to rumble. Here are seven moments that mattered, courtesy of ABC’s MARYALICE PARKS, LIZ KREUTZ, KATHERINE FAULDERS and BRAD MIELKE:


--ANALYSIS -- RICK KLEIN: A refocused Democratic race, if not quite a reordered one, revealed itself in a sharp and needling debate Wednesday night. That focus is on the records of two rivals who have grown quite used to each other. Candidates who have developed an affinity for pointing out their respective weaknesses have clearly learned how to get under each other’s skin. “Excuse me, excuse me,” Hillary Clinton said to Bernie Sanders at one point, this time her shushing him. Coming off a stinging loss in a big industrial state, Clinton intensified her critique of Sanders. She at one point suggested that the Koch brothers support Sanders, citing an online ad one of their groups is running praising his stance on the Export-Impact Bank. Clinton also suggested that Sanders supported efforts to “hunt down immigrants” by supporting anti-immigrant vigilantes –- a fresh attack designed for a forum being sponsored by the Spanish-language network Univision. Sanders wouldn’t stand for it.

--WHAT EACH REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE NEEDS TO DO TO WIN THE NOMINATION. With Tuesday’s contests in the rearview mirror and all eyes turning to pivotal matchups next Tuesday, Republican candidates are charting out their paths to clinching the GOP nomination. But most aren’t looking all that likely. ABC’s RYAN STRUYK has more.



“OHIOANS TO BE BOMBARDED WITH ANTI-TRUMP COMMERCIALS,” by the Associated Press’ JULIE BYKOWICZ. “One of the most vocal groups opposing Donald Trump is pelting Ohioans with $1 million in commercials over the next five days. They're paid for by Our Principles PAC, a collection of wealthy donors and GOP strategists who want to keep the controversial New York businessman from becoming the party's presidential nominee. The new ads attack Trump as a jobs outsourcer. Indeed, as Trump has acknowledged, some of his products been made in countries such as China. ‘We're doing many, many deals outside of the United States,’ the ad shows Trump saying at a debate this month. The commercial also shows a clip of Trump lamenting the erosion of American manufacturing as it tries to build the case that he's a hypocrite. ‘The point here is to educate people on how Trump hurts regular people while enriching himself,’ said Tim Miller, a spokesman for Our Principles. The group also is spending $2 million in Florida, according to advertising tracker Kantar Media's CMAG. Florida, where Trump rival Marco Rubio is a senator, and Ohio, where candidate John Kasich is governor, both weigh in Tuesday on the Republican race.”



TRUMP SAYS ‘I THINK ISLAM HATES US’. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said during an interview Wednesday that he believes “Islam hates us” and that there was "a tremendous amount of hatred there." Trump, speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, made headlines last fall when he suggested a “temporary ban” on Muslims should be enacted “until we can figure out what is going on,” referring to the recent terror attacks in San Bernardino, CA at that time. ABC’s JOHN SANTUCCI and CANDACE SMITH have more.

WHY THE CLINTON CAMP ISN’T WORRIED AFTER MICHIGAN PRIMARY LOSS. After a surprising loss to Bernie Sanders in Michigan, which his campaign called a major, game-changing victory,” the Hillary Clinton camp is projecting confidence, at least publicly. The key to this confidence? Delegate math. A Democratic candidate needs 2,383 delegates, or representatives who will vote for them at the convention, to be eligible as the party's nominee. Although Clinton has only won four more states than Sanders, she leads him by more than 200 pledged delegates, 760 to 546. "The important point of winning the nomination is that the delegates were by no means way split evenly," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said on a call with reporters, although he noted that he “obviously” wished the final results in Michigan had been different. "By virtue of secretary Clinton's huge margin of victory in Mississippi versus Sen. Sanders' narrow margin in Michigan, we won many more delegates than Sen. Sanders last night,” Mook continued. ABC’s ALANA ABRAMSON has more.

CARLY FIORINA ENDORSES TED CRUZ. Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina endorsed her one-time rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, at a campaign event Wednesday. Fiorina said that she didn't vote for herself last week during the Virginia primary last Tuesday on Super Tuesday, despite appearing on the ballot, but instead chose Cruz. "I checked the box for Ted Cruz and I am here to tell you why," Fiorina said Wednesday. ABC’s JESSICA HOPPER and RYAN STRUYK have more.

JEB BUSH MEETS WITH GOP CANDIDATES EXCEPT DONALD TRUMP. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may be out of the presidential race but he's not out of the game. In advance of the CNN debate at the University of Miami Thursday, Bush is meeting with all the remaining GOP candidates except his former foe, Donald Trump, ABC’s CANDACE SMITH reports. Bush met with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio yesterday, then will meet with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz today, according to a Bush spokesperson. Many former Bush donors are now supporting Rubio and expect Bush to do the same.

GOP SUING FOR HILLARY CLINTON’S TEXT MESSAGES. The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday it is suing the State Department for access to more of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s records and those of her top aides. The RNC said it has filed two separate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in an effort to compel the State Department to respond to records requests the RNC made last October and December. The RNC said it wants access to Clinton's Blackberry text messages and Blackberry Messenger communications, ABC’s JUSTIN FISHEL reports. It is also seeking all emails from a number of her top aides, including former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, former policy director Jake Sullivan, Under-secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, and former IT staffer Bryan Pagliano. The second lawsuit is seeking to expose any communication between senior officials at the State Department and Clinton’s campaign after she left office, according to the RNC.



MAJORITY OF THE PRODUCTS TRUMP BOASTS ABOUT AREN’T AVAILABLE ANYMORE. Donald Trump's Mini Tuesday victory press conference turned into something of a live infomercial last night when the GOP presidential candidate took the opportunity to pitch a number of his business ventures. Wines were on display, as were water bottles and piles of raw steaks, with Trump claiming they were all examples of his "successful companies." But that isn't necessarily the case. The majority of the products the real estate mogul highlighted are no longer being produced, aren't affiliated with him or were never available for sale publicly. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY looks at some of the ventures Trump touted Tuesday -- and where they stand now.



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