Posted: 6:36 am Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
The race for President in both parties showed no signs of ending on Tuesday night, as Donald Trump slightly extended his Republican delegate lead in a split decision with Ted Cruz, while Bernie Sanders won two of three states over Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, though Sanders only pulled back a small number of delegates on the night.
In the Republican race, Trump won by 22 points in Arizona, sweeping the 58 delegates in that winner-take-all race.
Trump's best county in AZ by far: Mohave (Lake Havasu City), a large retirement haven where he's taking a staggering 64.6%.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) March 23, 2016
The Arizona results also had a dispiriting result for John Kasich, who finished in fourth place behind Marco Rubio – even though Rubio dropped out of the GOP race a week ago.
The reason? Early voting in Arizona, which obviously gave Rubio a strong chunk of the primary vote before his departure.
Meanwhile in Utah, Cruz was the easy winner, getting 69 percent of the vote, to 17 percent for John Kasich.
Donald Trump netted just 14 percent in Utah – his worst state yet in 2016 – once again demonstrating that Mormon voters do not care for Trump.
Last night's delegate math thus: Trump 58 – Cruz 40 – Kasich 0.
— Cabpolitical (@CabPolitical) March 23, 2016
Just before sunrise, former GOP candidate Jeb Bush finally delivered his endorsement in the Republican race, as he announced his support for Cruz in a news release issued Wednesday morning.
“For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena,” Bush said, taking a swipe at Trump, who just hours earlier had threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife in a threat on Twitter.
Sanders wins two states
While Trump was able to put some distance between himself and his pursuers, that was not the outcome on the Democratic side, as Bernie Sanders won easily in both Utah and Idaho, more than offsetting Hillary Clinton’s big win in Arizona.
Clinton won Arizona with 58 percent of the vote.
Sanders won Utah with 79 percent, and took Idaho with 78 percent.
This photo from the caucus in Ada County, Idaho shows the staggering numbers that Sanders was able to put together in the Gem State:
But the two wins for Sanders did not net him a huge delegate haul, as the tentative numbers looked to be an edge of somewhere around a net of 9-11 delegates over Clinton.
Democrats will vote next in three caucus states on Saturday – in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington State.
Republicans are off until the Wisconsin Primary on April 5.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.