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Presidential race contrasts: Primary vs. caucuses

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 6:57 AM

Three western states voted for presidential nominees last night and the difference was stark between a primary state, Arizona, versus states, Idaho and Utah, where winners were chosen by caucuses, more reflective of hard-core party sentiment.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump swept the Arizona primary, contested by far more voters. Republican winner-take-all rules gave Trump 58 delegates. Democratic delegates are allocated proportionally. Clinton's 58-40 victory over Bernie Sanders produced a 41-22 delegate edge.

In the caucus states, Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz won big. Cruz got all 40 delegates in Utah. On the Democratic side, Sanders' 80-20 vote count win gave him an 18-5 delegate margin (all these are based on current Google estimates.) In Idaho, Cruz's 45-28 vote lead over  Trump translated to a 20-12 delegate lead. On the Democratic side, Sanders' 78-21 vote lead produced a 17-5 delegate lead.

In sum of the western states, Trump won 60 delegates and Cruz (now Jeb Bush's choice for president) had 60. For the Democrats, Clinton picked up 51 delegates and Sanders picked up 57 delegates, using Google estimates. She remains on course for a nomination victory with a roughly 300-delegate lead.

To give you some idea of the difference in primary and caucus: The Salt Lake newspaper reported a huge Democratic turnout for the state's caucus — about 80,000 votes statewide. In Arizona, some 500,000 voted in the Democratic Primary. Only 23,000 or so voted in the Idaho caucuses.

Note: The Google estimates show a narrower lead for Sanders in delegates than this estimate in a Vox roundup of results.


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