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Republicans

Donald Trump

Donald Trump is sticking to his new explanation for why he can’t yet release copies of his recent tax returns: The IRS is auditing him, as Trump says it has for the past 12 years.

“No lawyer would ever allow you to release a tax return while you’re being audited,” the front-runner to be the Republican presidential nominee said in an interview Saturday on the Fox News Channel. “As soon as the audits are finished, I have no problem. There is no bombshell whatsoever.”

Tax experts say that explanation has them scratching their heads — emboldening Trump critics who argue that the celebrity businessman-turned-candidate’s personal finances remain unexamined.

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz asked supporters in Atlanta on Saturday to help him play the numbers game as he takes on front-runner Trump and rival Marco Rubio.

The Texas senator wants backers “to vote for me 10 times,” but he’s isn’t suggesting voter fraud — “we’re not Democrats,” he jokes. He’s appealing for each supporter to get nine others to vote for him Tuesday.

Cruz calls Super Tuesday “the most important day in this entire election cycle” and says turnout is key.

John Kasich

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is endorsing Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign.

Gonzales is now the dean of Belmont University’s law school. He introduced Kasich at a rally in Nashville on Saturday as “not someone who’s apologetic about the United States.”

Kasich praised Gonzales for his action in “a very difficult time in our nation’s history.”

“Sometimes you have to take a stand, and that’s what Judge Gonzales did when he was attorney general of the United States,” he said.

Democrats

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton hopes a second chance in South Carolina will mean a first.

In 2008, she lost by a wide margin to Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primary.

On Saturday, Clinton is banking on a first-place finish to give her even more momentum heading into the Super Tuesday contests next week.

Bernie Sanders

It may be election Saturday in South Carolina, but the Democratic candidates for president already have Tuesday on their mind.

Bernie Sanders isn’t even scheduled to put in any South Carolina appearances on Saturday. He’s supposed to be in Texas and Minnesota, two of the Super Tuesday states.

He knows his prospects with South Carolina’s heavily black Democratic electorate aren’t great.

From Detroit News Wire services

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