Donald Trump has won the Louisiana Republican Primary, a widely expected victory for the New York real estate developer.
With 75 percent of the vote reported, Trump is leading with 42 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz with 37 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio at 11 percent, and Gov. John Kasich at 6 percent.
In the lead up to the primary Saturday, Trump was leading in the polls with an average of over 40 percent support. FiveThirtyEight had predicted that Trump had a 96 percent chance of winning in Louisiana.
He gave a rally Friday night in front of thousands in New Orleans, this was his second event in the state. Sen. Ted Cruz made a strong push in the state, giving a rally Friday in St.Tammany Parish with big name Louisiana guests such as Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins and Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. (RELATED: Duck Dynasty Patriarch Endorses Ted Cruz [VIDEO])
Sen.Marco Rubio on the other hand cancelled his Friday rally in Baton Rouge, a statement from his campaign said, “In order to use Marco’s time as efficiently as possible before Saturday’s contests, Marco will not be making a stop in Louisiana Friday night.”
Louisiana has 46 delegates up for grabs, 21 of them are awarded proportionally and candidates must receive at least 20 percent of the vote to be eligible to receive one of the other 25. (RELATED: Here’s The Latest Delegate Count For Republicans, Democrats After Super Tuesday)