Republican presidential candidate Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] won Oklahoma’s Republican primary on Super Tuesday.
FiveThirtyEight’s polling average had Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump at about 33 percent going into the race with Cruz and Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] nearly tied at about 22 percent. The win is a boon for Cruz, but overall Super Tuesday has not been the big win the campaign expected much earlier in the race. Cruz had expected to sweep the South before Trump’s rise disrupted that plan.
The state’s 28 delegates are awarded proportionally as long as candidates receive at least 15 percent. If any candidate gets more than 50 percent, they get all the delegates. Polls closed at 8:00 p.m. EST.
For the entirety of Super Tuesday, Republican candidates are fighting for 595 Republican delegates and Democrats have 1,004 Democratic delegates up for grabs. Republicans have 11 contests and Democrats have 12.
A CNN/ORC national poll released Monday reported Trump’s popularity is higher than ever. The poll found 49 percent of Republican voters nationwide favor Trump. The rest of the pack are far behind, with Rubio at 16 percent, Cruz at 15 percent, Ben Carson at 10 percent and Gov. John Kasich at 6 percent.
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