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Cruz Wins Idaho GOP Presidential Primary, Trump A Distant 2nd


Five-year-old Axel Kiska of Boise won the cuteness contest before a single vote was tallied at the Idaho GOP presidential primary election night party. The Kiska family's preferred candidate finished in second place in Idaho.

Five-year-old Axel Kiska of Boise won the cuteness contest before a single vote was tallied at the Idaho GOP presidential primary election night party. The Kiska family's preferred candidate finished in second place in Idaho.

Tom Banse, Northwest News Network

 

Sen. Ted Cruz, R- Texas, won the Idaho Republican presidential primary. Cruz pulled in about 45 percent of the GOP vote Tuesday followed by businessman Donald Trump in a distant second place with 28 percent.

Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane served as Cruz’s honorary state chairman. Crane said Cruz’s values aligned with Idaho’s GOP electorate.

“He connected with Idahoans,” Crane said. “I think his visit to Idaho this last weekend was strategic. His timing was perfect.”

Trump’s volunteer state chairman in Idaho, former state Sen. Rod Beck, said his guy finished second without campaigning in the state at all.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t get our candidate here,” Beck said. “Cruz coming here, you know campaigns make a difference. He (Cruz) took out some TV ads that were specific to Idaho.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished below the minimum threshold to earn any delegates from Idaho.

Idaho Democrats will choose their presidential nominating delegates at county caucuses on March 22. Washington state Democrats caucus on Saturday, March 26. Washington and Oregon’s presidential primary is not until May.

Idaho will hold a second primary election this spring in May for everything left over besides the presidential race — including Congressional, legislative and local offices.

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