Trump, Clinton draw 1st blood in White House races

March 23, 2016 10:26 am
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Fox and NBC projected Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the winner in Arizona taking all its 58 delegates/AFP
Fox and NBC projected Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the winner in Arizona taking all its 58 delegates/AFP

, WASHINGTON, United States, March 23 – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton won their parties’ primaries in Arizona, the first results in a night of contests that could see the frontrunners extend their leads in the US presidential race.

The battle shifted westward as voters in Utah and Idaho also were making their picks in a narrowing presidential contest dominated by Trump and Clinton.

“Much bigger win than anticipated in Arizona. Thank you, I will never forget!” Trump posted on Twitter.

With only partial results in, US networks projected the real estate magnate winner with about 46 percent of the vote, compared to 22 percent for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and 10 percent for Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Clinton was projected to win by an even larger margin, with 60.5 percent compared to 36.9 percent for Senator Bernie Sanders.

The voting gives the candidates another opportunity to pile up delegates on the way to the party nominating conventions, but is not expected to alter the basic outlines of the race.

At stake Tuesday were 98 delegates in the Republican contests in Arizona and Utah, and 131 for Democrats who, unlike the Republicans, also caucus in Idaho.

At this point in the Republican race, Trump’s main objective is to amass the 1,237 delegates needed to win his party’s nomination outright, and thwart a bid by the party establishment to stop him.

With his victory, Trump snags all 58 Arizona delegates, pushing him closer to the magic number.

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