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- Sen. Ted Cruz secured 45 percent of the vote in the Idaho GOP presidential primary.
Sen. Ted Cruz won the Idaho GOP presidential primary Tuesday night, securing 45 percent of the vote from Idaho Republicans. That was about the only real good news for the Cruz campaign, as front-runner Donald Trump (who garnered 28 percent of the Idaho vote) racked up bigger primary wins in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii.
Prior to Tuesday's vote, there were 298,211 registered Republicans in Idaho, but Idaho voters could participate in the primary through same-day registration. All in, 214,162 Idaho Republicans cast ballots during Tuesday's vote.
Cruz was on top, garnering 96,411 votes, representing 45 percent of the vote. Trump followed with 60,236 votes (28 percent). Sen. Marco Rubio received 34,772 votes (16 percent) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich received 15,963 votes (7.5 percent).
Idaho rules require a candidate secure at least 20 percent of the vote to qualify for any delegates. Based on Tuesday's vote totals, Idaho's 32 GOP delegates will be divided between Cruz and Trump. A candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to be awarded all 32 Gem State delegates to the Republican convention.
Cruz won Ada (40 percent), Canyon (47 percent) and Kootenai (51 percent) counties. Trump's primary support came from some of Idaho's smaller or medium-sized counties, including Adams, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Idaho, Lemhi, Lewis, Shoshone and Valley counties.
The GOP field faces another decisive day of voting next week. On Tuesday, March 15, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina will hold primaries or caucuses.