Cruz Controls Wyoming, Guam, as D.C. Goes to Rubio
The four remaining Republican presidential candidates battled it out for a smattering of delegates from around the world today, as GOP primary contests were held in Washington, D.C., Wyoming, and Guam.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio eked out a narrow victory in Washington, D.C., securing 37.3 percent of the vote and nine delegates, according to The New York Times. Ohio Gov. John Kasich came in a close second, earning 35.5 percent of the vote and the remaining nine delegates.
It’s no secret that registered Republican residents of the nation’s capital are few and far between, illustrated by the fact that today’s primary was anchored at a single polling place “a few blocks from the White House in the Loews Madison Hotel,” according to Politico. The District of Columbia has 19 delegates to divvy up, and while the polls were scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., voters unable to make it to the polling place for religious reasons — Saturday is the Sabbath, or day of rest, for observant Jewish people — were allowed to vote until 9 p.m.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz handily won Wyoming's Republican caucus, with the antigay conservative stalwart taking more than 66.3 percent of the vote in the Equality State, according to The New York Times. The newspaper reports that Cruz will pick up nine delegates from the state. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in second, with just 19.5 percent of the vote, securing one delegate, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Republican front-runner Donald Trump took 7.2 percent of the vote, netting him one delegate, according to the Associated Press.
Today's caucus was the first of two nominating contests in Wyoming, “which will decide 12 of the state’s 26 at-stake delegates,” CNN reports. The 12 delegates awarded in today’s county conventions are bound to the candidate elected, but the remaining 14 delegates, which will be awarded in a separate primary on April 16, are “unbound, meaning they can vote for their candidate of choice this summer,” according to CNN.
Meanwhile, nearly 8,000 miles to the West, in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, Republican voters in the U.S. island territory of Guam also held a primary caucus. CNN notes that Guam is “home to a large and growing military base, [and] will send six delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.” But the results of today’s caucus aren’t binding, which means the delegates Guam sends to the RNC can still change their votes when they get to Cleveland.
Guam appointed six delegates in its caucus Saturday, with one — Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo — committed to Cruz, according to CNN. The other five delegates elected today will remain uncommitted, as will the party chairman and two RNC representatives, who are guaranteed to attend the convention in Cleveland in July.
The caucus process in Guam is a bit nontraditional, reports CNN:
"Guam does not hold a traditional primary or caucus, in which candidates win delegates based on a presidential preference vote. Instead, delegates are elected directly at a party convention, and those elected delegates are free to support whomever they choose. Both the Republican and Democratic parties allow Guam and the other U.S. territories to participate in the presidential nomination process, although territories may not vote in the general election."
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