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Donald Trump Cruises In Tennessee Primary

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Blake Neff Reporter
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump added to his big Super Tuesday by cruising to a win in Tennessee’s Republican primary, expanding his delegate lead over Sens. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] and [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore].

Tennessee has only been lightly polled, but Trump leads in every poll.

Tennessee has a substantial number of delegates, with 58 total to be awarded, and under its allocation rules most of them are likely to go to Trump even though he doesn’t have majority support.

Tennessee’s 31 statewide delegates will be divvied up proportionally among each candidate who gets at least 20 percent support, while in its nine congressional districts the winner will receive two delegates and the second place will receive one, unless the winner gets at least 67 percent support or second place gets under 20 percent. In that case, the winner of the district will receive all three delegates.

One important factor to watch will be whether both Rubio and Cruz clear 20 percent support, which would allow them to collectively reduce the scale of Trump’s victory.

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