Cruz, Sanders top GOP front-runners to earn Utah’s delegates

Voters from Precinct 11 meet at Wasatch Elementary School for the Utah Republican Caucus on Tuesday night.

Voters from Precinct 11 meet at Wasatch Elementary School for the Utah Republican caucus on Tuesday night.

With an abnormally large turnout for the Utah caucus on Tuesday night, the runners-up took home the majority of delegates.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Utah Republican caucus with 68 percent of the vote, which left Republican front-runner Donald Trump with 15 percent of the vote behind Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich who had 17 percent of the vote. The winner-takes-all format for Utah’s Republican presidential elections gives Cruz all 40 of Utah’s Republican delegates — Trump and Kasich received no delegates.

However, Trump still earned all 58 of Arizona’s delegate in Tuesday’s Arizona Republican caucus.

Trump leads overall with 739 delegates, Cruz has 465 and Kasich 143. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the GOP nomination.

On the Democratic side, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gained the upper hand against Hillary Clinton. With Utah and Idaho, Sanders picked up 57 delegates Tuesday night, but lost to Clinton in Arizona. Clinton tallied 51 delegates on the night. Including superdelegates, Clinton leads Sanders 1,681 to 927.

“These decisive victories in Idaho and Utah give me confidence that we will continue to win major victories in the coming contests,” Sanders said in a statement.

Four presidential nominee hopefuls visited Utah over the weekend: Sanders, Cruz, Kasich and Trump.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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