Trump Sweeps Arizona; Cruz Wins Big in Utah

Delegate split points to long fight ahead
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2016 10:55 PM CDT
Updated Mar 23, 2016 2:45 AM CDT
Trump Sweeps Arizona
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Donald Trump inched closer to the GOP nomination with a massive victory in Arizona Tuesday night. With almost all results in, he has 47% of the vote to 23% for Ted Cruz and 10% for John Kasich, according to Politico. Marco Rubio was still on the ballot and has 14.6% of the vote, leaving Kasich in fourth place in a three-man race. The state is winner-take-all, and its 58 delegates give Trump a total of 739, with 1,237 needed to win the nomination.

But a long battle appears to lie ahead: With most precincts in Utah reporting, Ted Cruz is the projected winner with 70% of the vote, well over the 50% needed to take all 40 delegates, the Washington Post reports. Kasich is second with around 17% and Trump is third with 14%. Politico predicts months of "trench warfare" ahead, with Cruz and Trump scrapping for every delegate. That includes the nine delegates from American Samoa, where Tuesday's caucuses finished with all delegates uncommitted, according to Decision Desk HQ . (More Election 2016 stories.)

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