Donald Trump Wins Mississippi, Michigan, Hawaii; Ted Cruz Gets Idaho
Donald Trump is the winner of Tuesday's Mississippi and Michigan Republican presidential primaries and the Hawaii caucus, with Ted Cruz taking Idaho.
In Mississippi, with 92 percent of the vote counted shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern, Trump has 46 percent, Texas Sen. Cruz 37 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich 8 percent, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio 5 percent. Trump has been awarded 20 of the state's 40 delegates, according to the Associated Press. Delegates are awarded proportionally.
In Michigan at the same hour, the billionaire businessman has 37 percent, Kasich 25 percent, Cruz 24 percent, and Rubio 9 percent, with 85 percent of precincts reporting. Of the state's 59 delegates, also awarded proportionally, Trump has 21, Kasich 15, and Rubio 12.
Idaho was called for Cruz about midnight Eastern time. He took 45 percent of the vote and 14 of the state's 42 delegates, Trump 28 percent and 10 delegates, the AP reports. The rest of the delegates are still to be awarded, but candidates with less than 20 percent of the statewide vote get none. Rubio got 16 percent of the vote and Kasich 7 percent.
In Hawaii, Trump received 44.5 percent of the caucus vote, Cruz 32.2 percent, Rubio 12.2 percent, and Kasich 10 percent, according to the AP, which had no delegate allocation as of 3 a.m. Eastern Wednesday. The state's 19 delegates are awarded proportionally.
Trump so far has 446 delegates, the AP reports. Cruz has 347, Rubio 151, andKasich 54. It takes 1,237 to get the nomination.
In his victory speech after being declared the winner in Michigan and Mississippi, Trump focused on trade and said he could get along with two Republican politicians who have criticized him strongly in recent weeks — 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham — although he took some potshots at them first.
The candidate also touted his performance, saying, "There's only one person who did well tonight: Donald Trump." Trump, who did unexpectedly well with evangelical Christians, also critiqued his closest rival, Cruz, as "lyin' Ted," and called Rubio "little Marco." Watch below.
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