TWO-HORSE RACE:  CRUZ NARROWS TRUMP LEAD

Justin Gage | TyrantWatch

Sen. Ted Cruz was the overall winner in Saturday’s Republican contests, winning by large margins in both Kansas and Maine.  Republican front-runner Donald Trump won in Kentucky and Louisiana.  Cruz spoke shortly after voting had ended, stating that his strong showing was “a manifestation of a real shift in momentum.”  Trump held a post-results press conference late Saturday night, where he predicted he’d win the nomination.  “The way I guarantee victory is get enough delegates, so I don’t have to worry,” he said.  Although both won two states, Cruz was the overall winner due to the proportional-delegate method all four states apply.  

KANSAS:  Ted Cruz won 48% of the vote, compared to 23% for Donald Trump.  That translates to 24 delegates for Cruz and 9 for Trump.

MAINE:  Ted Cruz won 46% of the vote, compared to 33% for Donald Trump.  That translates to 12 delegates for Cruz and 9 for Trump.

KENTUCKY:  Donald Trump won 36% of the vote, compared to 32% for Ted Cruz.  That translates to 17 delegates for Trump and 15 for Cruz.

LOUISIANA:  Donald Trump won 41% of the vote, compared to 38% for Ted Cruz.  Despite Trump having more votes, due to state rules, both candidates received 18 delegates.

In total, Ted Cruz was awarded 69 delegates on Saturday.  Comparatively, Trump was awarded 53 delegates.  Of the 1,237 delegates (out of 2,472) needed to secure the Republican nomination, Trump has amassed 382 delegates, compared to 300 for Ted Cruz.  In a distant third place is Sen. Marco Rubio with 128 delegates.  The only other candidate left in the race, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, has accumulated only 35 delegates.

In the Democratic Race, Bernie Sanders actually won two states to Hillary Clinton’s one.  Sanders won both Caucuses, Nebraska and Kansas.  Clinton scored a victory in Louisiana’s Primary.  However, Louisiana has a much higher number of delegates, therefore Clinton actually built upon her lead.

Voting will continue Sunday, as Puerto Rico Republicans and Maine Democrats head to the polls.  In Puerto Rico, Marco Rubio is expected to secure just his second victory.  Meanwhile, Maine is expected to be a much closer contest.

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