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What We Learned From Wednesday's Democratic Debate

Sanders entered the debate after a close primary win in Michigan. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

The day after former secretary of state Hillary Clinton won a big primary victory in Mississippi and Sen. Bernie Sanders kept the race going with an upset victory, a close one, in Michigan, the two faced off in Miami. Broadcast on CNN  in English, and on Univision in Spanish, immigration was just one of the issues the candidates covered. Differences with Republicans were stark.  

What We Learned From Tuesday's Primaries

Tuesday night was a good one for Donald Trump. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump stayed strong in the south and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign looked weak, despite high-profile endorsement in the Republican primaries. On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won by a large margin over Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders in Mississippi, continuing her southern dominance, though in Michigan, Sanders pulled out a close win and a stunning upset. And the race continues.  

So what's next for the campaigns and how will they adjust strategies before upcoming debates and important primaries?  

What We Learned From Sunday's Democratic Debate

Several strategists pointed out the difference in tone between Democrats' and Republican debates. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Sunday was the Democrats' turn in the debate spotlight. The setting was indeed newsworthy. The host city for the CNN debate was Flint, Mich., where residents continue to deal with a toxic water crisis. The two candidates, Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both have spoken about challenges in Flint, and issues of racial and economic fairness and accountability of government.  

After splitting wins on Saturday, and before Tuesday's primaries, how did they do? Several Democratic-leaning analysts who weighed in favored Clinton:  

Export-Import Bank Debate Puts Sanders at Odds With Senate Democrats

Sanders is alone among Senate Democrats on the Export-Import Bank. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders' campaign blasted fellow candidate Hillary Clinton this weekend for her support for the Export-Import Bank, it was highlighting an issue on which he stood alone among Senate Democratic caucus members.  

"The Export-Import Bank provides corporate welfare to some of the largest multi-national corporations that are moving jobs to China and stashing their profits in tax havens like the Cayman Islands," policy director Warren Gunnels said in a statement issued ahead of a Democratic debate in Flint, Mich.  

What We Learned From Super Tuesday

Clinton is a big Super Tuesday winner. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Have his Super Tuesday wins propelled Donald Trump toward the Republican presidential nomination or have strong showings outside his home state of Texas renewed the campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz? What do some disappointing results, despite high-profile endorsements and tough attacks on the front-runner, mean for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio? Will Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders soldier on, buoyed by a few wins and close contests, though Hillary Clinton is looking inevitable?  

Roll Call asked political analysts and strategists to weigh in:  

Trump, Clinton Tighten Grip on Nominations

Trump won seven of the 11 states being contested on Super Tuesday. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton put more distance between themselves and their rivals on Super Tuesday, with both front-runners winning seven of the 11 states holding elections or caucuses.  

"This has been an amazing evening," Trump declared at his exclusive Mar-al-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., and said he was expanding the Republican Party's base.   Already taking aim at Trump, Clinton repeated what has become a mantra as of late. "America never stopped being great," she said, jabbing at Trump's "Make America Great Again," slogan. "We have to make America whole. We have to fill in what's been hollowed out," she added.  

Sanders Gets Another Hill Endorsement: Alan Grayson

Grayson is running for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat known for bucking the Democratic establishment, announced his endorsement of Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders, the Democratic socialist challenging Hillary Clinton for the party's presidential nomination.  

Like Sanders, Grayson is in an uphill fight against his party's leaders, challenging Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy for the party's nomination for Senate in the Sunshine State.  

Tulsi Gabbard Resigns from DNC to Back Bernie Sanders

Gabbard said Sanders knew "how and when we use our military power — and just as importantly, when we don't use that military power." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced on "Meet the Press"   on Sunday that she was stepping down as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and endorsing Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders for president.  

"As a veteran, as a soldier, I've seen firsthand the true cost of war," Gabbard said. "As we look at our choices as to who our next commander-in-chief will be is to recognize the necessity to have a commander-in-chief who has foresight. Who exercises good judgment. Who looks beyond the consequences. Who looks at the consequences of the actions that they are willing to take before they take those actions. So that we don't continue to find ourselves in these failures that have resulted in chaos in the Middle East and so much loss of life," Gabbard said.  

Harry Reid Endorses Hillary Clinton

Reid announced his support for Clinton on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Wednesday, joining the majority of congressional Democrats who are supporting her bid for the party's nomination over Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders.  

Reid's support, revealed during an interview with CNN , came just a few days after the Democratic presidential campaign rolled through the Silver State. He became the 40th Senate Democrat to back her bid, according to Roll Call's Endorsement Tracker .  "I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary," Reid told CNN. "I also think she's the woman to be the first president of the United States that's a female."  

How Harry Helped Hillary Win Nevada

Reid said he was pleased with the turnout and that he will endorse a candidate "soon." (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS – Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid had a lot riding on Saturday's Nevada Democratic caucuses, namely securing his political legacy, establishing his state's position in the presidential nominating process and setting up Democrats for success into November.  

So after the returns showed a fairly smooth process, with Hillary Clinton's win over Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders, Reid celebrated with some fireworks.