Ted Cruz Wins Idaho Republican Primary

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] has won the Idaho Republican primary, notching his first win in Tuesday’s primary contests.

This was Idaho’s first primary, since previously the state GOP held a caucus. There are 32 delegates at stake and are awarded proportionally for those receiving over 20 percent of the vote.

With 42 percent of the vote reported, Cruz leads with 41 percent of the vote, Donald Trump follows with 29 percent and Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] is in third with 18 percent.

Idaho has a large Mormon population and many expected Romney’s condemnation of Trump to hurt him in the state. Cruz dominated in the most heavily Mormon populated regions of the state.

There was not much polling done of the state, though a recent poll had Trump winning. He led with 30 percent and Cruz followed with 19 percent.

So far this race Cruz has had better luck in closed primary states, where only registered Republicans can vote.