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Trump, Clinton Win Arizona On Big Night In The West

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Trump, Clinton Win Arizona On Big Night In The West

People wait to vote in the U.S. presidential primary election outside a polling site in Glendale, Arizona March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump swept to victory in Arizona on Tuesday but rival Ted Cruz showed some fight with a win in Utah that gave hope to establishment Republicans who fear Trump would lead the party to ruin in the presidential election.

On the Democratic side, favorite Hillary Clinton routed challenger Bernie Sanders in Arizona to stretch her advantage in the race for her party’s presidential nomination.

Sanders, however, won contests in Utah and Idaho to bolster his case that he still has a chance despite Clinton’s big lead.

The nominating battles in Arizona and Utah, plus the Democratic contest in Idaho, were overshadowed by attacks in Brussels in which at least 30 people were killed and raised security concerns among U.S. voters.

Trump helped himself in Arizona with a hardline anti-immigration message and tough talk on Islamic militants to easily defeat Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Trump had the backing in Arizona of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of the most prominent supporters of a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

The win furthered Trump’s argument that he will eventually win the Republican presidential nomination and that the party should rally around him. He won all of Arizona’s 58 delegates.

“Much bigger win than anticipated in Arizona. Thank you, I will never forget!” Trump said on Twitter. “Hopefully the Republican Party can come together and have a big WIN in November, paving the way for many great Supreme Court Justices!”

Cruz, though, won big in Utah’s caucuses, giving hope to those Republicans who fear Trump’s proposal to deport 11 million illegal immigrants and build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico would guarantee a Democratic victory in the Nov. 8 election.

Cruz appeared to be on track to win all of Utah’s 40 Republican delegates. Since the state’s 40 delegates are awarded proportionate to the popular vote, he needed to win at least 50 percent of the vote to take all the delegates.

He appeared to benefit from Mormons who dominate the Republican vote in Utah. They did not take kindly to a Trump attack on native son Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee who has led the anti-Trump opposition.

Trump had questioned whether Romney, an elder in the Mormon church, was really a Mormon.

“Trump’s poor showing in Utah is a reminder that while many love his glib comments, those remarks can also have a downside. Questioning Mitt Romney’s faith is something that was sure to backfire in Utah,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.

Clinton seized on the Brussels attacks to argue that neither Trump nor Cruz can be trusted to lead the fight against Islamic State militants.

Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and Cruz said he would send police patrols into Muslim neighborhoods in the United States.

“This is a time for America to lead, not cower,” Clinton told supporters in Seattle in a victory speech.

Sanders said his Utah and Idaho victories were powered by young people and working-class Americans who support his “political revolution.”

“These decisive victories in Idaho and Utah give me confidence that we will continue to win major victories in the coming contests,” he said.

Trump is trying to beat back efforts to deny him the nomination. His opponents want to stop him from securing the 1,237 delegates needed ahead of the July convention. Trump now has 678 delegates.

“I think it is going to be very hard for them to do,” Trump said on CNN of any effort to deny him the nomination if he falls short. “I have millions of votes more than anybody.”

Sanders is looking for wins in many of the six Democratic contests this week. Alaska, Hawaii and Washington will vote on Saturday. Clinton will keep adding to her delegate total even if she is not the winner in a given state because Democratic delegates are awarded proportionally in all states.

Tuesday’s Republican contests were the first since U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida dropped out a week ago after Trump drubbed him in his home state.

Kasich is the only other candidate still in the race, splitting the anti-Trump vote with Cruz.


(Additional reporting by Alana Wise, Emily Stephenson and Eric Beech in Washington and Luciana Lopez in New York; Editing by Leslie Adler, Paul Tait)




  1. Diane March 23, 2016

    Democrats, that is the “real” Democrats, should just lay low, follow the rules, accept the wins and losses as we go through the arduous primary process, and leave the hell-raising and hand-wringing to the Republicans. This would result in a sure win of the November election, showing who are the adults, the leaders, the party to carry the country forward.

    1. dpaano March 23, 2016

      What really NEEDS to be done is to get rid of the Republican seats in both the Senate AND the House and elect individuals that can compromise rather than block! Also, as I’ve said many times before, Trump (or Cruz) will NOT be able to do quite a bit of what they say they are going to do if elected…..people don’t seem to understand “checks and balances” within our government and how that works (I don’t think Trump understands it either…..this country is NOT a business venture). Just because a person is president doesn’t give him carte blanche to do anything he/she wants. Most of what Trump is suggesting is unconstitutional at best, but the uninformed don’t seem to understand that and no one seems to want to let them know (as if they’d believe it anyway).

      1. I of John March 23, 2016

        you are so right. spot on!

        1. dpaano March 23, 2016

          Exactly! If we win back the majority in either the House or the Senate, Trump, if elected, won’t be able to do anything he has told his followers he’s going to do (despite his promises….apparently, he doesn’t understand “checks and balances”). So, he won’t be able to function and people will see him for what he really is…..a bloviating, lying, uninformed jackass!!! Just saying….

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  2. yabbed March 23, 2016

    The nominees are going to be Trump and Clinton. And the winner of the general election will be known as Madam President.

  3. dpaano March 23, 2016

    Having been stationed in Arizona when on active duty with the Army, I used to think Arizona was a great place to live; however, now I see differently. How people can vote for someone who is endorsed by Sheriff Arpaio, who, himself, was (or is) being investigated by the Federal government for the mishandling of his job, is beyond me! It’s just pretty sad that a state has changed so vastly.

  4. dtgraham March 23, 2016

    “On the Democratic side, favorite Hillary Clinton routed challenger Bernie Sanders in Arizona to stretch her advantage in the race for her party’s presidential nomination.”

    This website is beyond belief. In their incredible pro-Hillary zeal, they can’t even get the basic facts right. Because Bernie steamrolled Hillary in Utah and Idaho by about 60 percentage points in each state, that gave him more delegates over all than Clinton on the night. Steve Kornacki calculated a net gain of 47 delegates, I think, for Bernie on the night. No, Hillary didn’t “stretch her advantage” over Bernie. Actually she lost a little ground. The National — don’t vote for Bernie Sanders — Memo is now straight up lying about this.

    1. @HawaiianTater March 23, 2016

      You’re not the only one who has noticed this about NM. I think it was 17, not 47, that he gained on her. It should have been more though. Check out the petition I posted above.

  5. @HawaiianTater March 23, 2016

    Nice spin job.

    First of all, Hillary didn’t “stretch her advantage”. Bernie got more delegates than Hillary for the day.

    In Arizona’s disaster of a PRIMARY, Hillary “routed” Bernie by 18 points. But when Bernie DEMOLISHES her in the Utah & Idaho CAUCUSES by 60 & 58 points, he just “won contests”.

    BTW, America is paying attention to the election fraud that was perpetuated by the DNC in Arizona. Hundreds of thousands of Independents registered as a Democrat to vote for Bernie but the DNC didn’t count their votes. There’s already almost 60k signatures on the whitehouse.gov petition demanding the rampant elected fraud in Arizona be investigated. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investigate-voter-fraud-and-voter-suppression-arizona-3222016-democratic-party

    1. dtgraham March 23, 2016

      At this point Tater, I starting to think that Bernie should pack up his tent, if he can, and run the rest of the way as an independent. If the DNC wants to hand it to her, let them. Bernie owes it to his vicious, mad-dog supporters (according to the NM) to do it. He owes it to them for their loyalty, their support, and their passion.

      I want to read more about what happened in Arizona with those independents. This is infuriating. Bernie should drop the Democrats and go it alone. I’ll sign that petition. Thanks for that.

      1. @HawaiianTater March 23, 2016

        Watch this:


        Here’s the link to the article he referenced: http://usuncut.com/politics/5-examples-voter-suppression-arizona-primary/

        Bernie knows what’s up. That’s why he tweeted yesterday telling people to report their districts. He knows they are trying to rig it against him. It’s not the first state either. http://usuncut.com/politics/bernie-blasts-arizona-voting-disaster-calls-the-fiasco-a-disgrace/

        1. dtgraham March 23, 2016

          Disgusting. You think Democrats won’t suppress and disenfranchise their own? So many of those missing voting locations were in Latino areas where Bernie was doing well. Independents are a huge voting block for Bernie, and the Clinton camp know it. They eliminated them, and discouraged others from voting in certain areas of Arizona with long line-ups.

          They called Arizona for Clinton with so few precincts reporting, yet I eventually had to go to bed without knowing what happened in Idaho. That was hours and hours after the polls closed there, and he won the state by 58 points. When you call it so early, it discourages voting at that point.

          Remember how Hillary gave what sounded very much like a victory speech early in the evening in the Iowa primary in February when it was way too close to call, and 12 precincts had yet to report due to screw ups? I know what the conspiracy rumours are on that, and I’m starting to reconsider them. The “funny” coin flips too.

          Then we have the two of them sharing 15 delegates a piece from New Hampshire after the beatdown he gave her there. It was the super delegates. We also have Harry Reid’s little phone call to the culinary union in Nevada (for Hillary) just before their primaries.

          1. @HawaiianTater March 23, 2016

            Is it really even a conspiracy theory anymore when it’s so blatantly obvious? The establishment and the money that owns it won’t go down without a fight. They’ll pull out every dirty trick in the book to make sure they maintain power. They know all those Independents were signing up as Democrats to vote for Bernie, so they “accidentally” misfiled the paperwork and didn’t count their votes. Look at where the voting came from in Nevada. It’s no coincidence that Hillary won based on the strength from the voting that took place in the Vegas casinos.

            Do you wonder why he dominated Utah and Idaho so much? Because it’s much more difficult to rig a caucus. You know who else has a caucus? Washington. On Saturday. And they have a ton of delegates. That’s very strong Bernie territory. I’ll be interested in seeing how they try to spin the headline when Bernie posts a 50-60% win there.

            You shouldn’t worry about the super-delegates though. The DNC may be corrupt but they are not suicidal. If Bernie can somehow find a way to beat their rigged system and win more pledged delegates, they won’t overturn the will of the people and gift the nomination to Hillary via SDs because it would be political suicide to do so. The base would revolt, they would lose the WH and any chances of making gains in Congress.

          2. dtgraham March 23, 2016

            I watched that video of the woman responsible for a lot of it. When asked who was to blame for the long long lines, the first thing out of her mouth was, “the voters for standing in line.” You had to hear it to believe it. I’ll be checking out the NM after Washington to see how they spin it. This was “Trump and Clinton win Arizona”. Apparently Idaho and Utah must have seceded or something. “Hillary routs Bernie.” Oh, and Bernie won some contests too.

            I disagree. I’d worry about those super delegates…a lot. Karl Rove’s House of Lords. As he puts it.

          3. @HawaiianTater March 23, 2016

            Oh, I’m sure they’d want to use the SDs to nominate Hillary if Bernie wins more pledged delegates but ultimately I don’t think they would. Think about how the base would react to that. Hint: it wouldn’t be pretty.

            Yeah the lady who cited the voters for standing in line was one of those things that is so stupid that you have to see it to believe it lol

    2. Independent1 March 24, 2016

      Take 20 some minutes and listen to Hillary’s response on the Brussels bombings and then tell me that Bernie could even come close to giving such a speech. Don’t take my word for it, here’s just a few of other people’s comments who have listened to Hillary’s speech:

      First from a Daily Kos article:

      In Measured Presidential Tones Hillary Blasts Trump and Cruz Out of the Water Over Brussels

      Hillary Clinton went presidential. At Stanford University just an hour ago, a seated audience was waiting for Clinton to appear, behind her were large American flags. When she did speak it was in measured firm tones. She sounded quietly and reassuringly in control, and she sounded and acted presidential. She made Trump and Cruz look like mere boys, not with small hands, but with small minds. She bested her performance in front of the Benghazi committee.

      Some comments from the Daily Kos article:

      The best part about watching her in action is knowing she is like this with EVERY problem dropped in her lap. Her detailed plans are a marvel of strategic and detailed thinking. She knows whom to contact, what paths to take for maximum effect. If she finds herself confronted with something unfamiliar, she educates herself by talking with experts and networking. The scales will be falling off many eyes over the course of the campaign. Even those that stubbornly refuse to see her as she is, and not the caricature she is portrayed to be, I think will slowly come around after she logs some successes as President.

      Hillary Clinton could handle the 3 AM phone call even if she got it tonight.

      With all due respect to Sanders, there is not a single other candidate left in the race who honestly deserves that description.


      And here’s the link to here speech:


      1. @HawaiianTater March 24, 2016

        All due respect, but you and I have different definitions of what sounds presidential. The last thing we need in the WH is another right leaning war hawk. Her AIPAC speech was even further to the right than Trump’s.


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