Elections

Donald Trump Wins Northern Mariana Islands Republican Caucus

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

Donald Trump has won the Northern Mariana Islands Republican Caucus, landing the the New York real estate developer his first win of Tuesday and every one of the territory’s nine delegates.

Trump was endorsed by the territory’s governor Ralph Torres on Friday before the election. Ben Carson’s endorsement of Trump also might have helped the businessman in the overseas territory, as Jason Osborne, executive director of the territory’s GOP party, was previously part of the neurosurgeon’s campaign and endorsed Trump as well.

Only 471 votes were cast on the islands, Trump finished first with 72.8 percent of the vote. Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] came in second with 23.9 percent, in third was Gov. John Kasich with 2 percent and Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] only received five votes and finished with 1 percent.

With this win, Trump has hit the “Rule 40” threshold. This rule requires a nominee to have won the majority of delegates in eight states. It is however not set in stone as the Republican National Committee rules committee meets a week before the July convention.