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Presidential Primaries: Cruz, Trump Split Western Tuesday Map

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign rally in Provo, Utah March 19, 2016. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

By    |   Wednesday, 23 Mar 2016 12:48 PM

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won big in Utah's Republican and Democratic caucuses, respectively, late Tuesday night, bouncing back after Arizona went for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The Utah results ended Cruz's and Sanders' rollercoaster night on the upswing, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The U.S. senator from Texas had secured 69.2 percent of the vote by Wednesday morning with 85 percent of the votes counted, and will therefore be awarded all of the state's 40 delegates.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich had 16.9 percent of the vote as of Wednesday morning while Republican frontrunner Donald Trump had 14 percent of the vote. Cruz needed the win at least 50 percent of the vote — a majority — to capture all of the state's Republican delegates.

On the other side of the race, Utah Democrats were feeling the "Bern," giving the senator from Vermont 79.7 percent of the vote with 82 percent of the precincts counted. Clinton captured 19.8 percent of the vote.

The margin allowed Sanders to grab 18 of Utah's 23 Democratic delegates, reported the Tribune.

According to The Associated Press, Trump took all 58 delegates with his win in Arizona, which was a winner-take-all Republican primary. Clinton was predicted to win at least 40 of the 75 delegates up for grabs on the Democratic side, with Sanders winning at least 16.

Trump had received 47 percent of the Arizona vote, while Cruz took 25 percent, with 90 percent of the precincts counted, according the Arizona Secretary of State website. On the Democratic side, Clinton had attracted 58 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for Sanders.

Trump celebrated his Arizona victory via social media late Tuesday.



Sanders also won the Idaho Democratic caucuses as well, taking 78 percent of the vote to Clinton's 21 percent, stated CBS News.

According to Real Clear Politics, Trump now has 739 pledged delegates nationwide, compared to Cruz's 465 and Kasich's 143. Candidates need 1,237 delegates to clinch the Republican nomination.

On the Democratic side, according to Real Clear Politics, Clinton has won 1,681 delegates, including so-called super-delegates, while Sanders has 937. Candidates must win 2,382 delegates to capture the Democratic nomination.

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Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won big in Utah's Republican and Democratic caucuses, respectively, late Tuesday night, bouncing back after Arizona went for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
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