Yesterday, residents of Arizona and Utah took to the polls to cast their vote in the primary process we have all been following with a hawk’s eye. In Arizona, 58 delegates were up for grabs for Republicans and 75 for Democrats. The Arizona primary is winner take all for Republicans, but not for Democrats, which gives Bernie Sanders a chance to play a little catch-up to Clinton. In Utah, 40 Republican delegates are up for grabs, while the Democrats have 33 delegates. Utah’s Republican caucus rely on a winner takes most scenario, where a nominee can get al the delegates if they win over 50% of the vote, but most likely will be divided proportionally like usual.
Prior the election, pundits took to the stage to ponder how the votes would shake out in Arizona and Utah. In Arizona, many speculated that Trump would be victorious thanks to his strict stance on immigration, which is a hot button issue with voters in Arizona, where Sherriff Joe Arpaio has endorsed Trump. This past week, Utah resident and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his support for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and began recording robocalls for the candidate to be released in both Arizona and Utah.
Yesterday’s elections were the first votes cast since Marco Rubio withdrew from the race following a second place finish in his home state of Florida. Three Republican nominees remain in the race, though many have called for Kasich to drop out, despite his winning of Ohio last Tuesday. Kasich insists he will not be dropping out, and believes a contested convention could lead to him securing the Republican nomination.
Here are the results from yesterday’s elections as of 8:30 this morning: