Hillary Clintonis projected to be the winner of the Arizona Democratic primary, giving her a victory over presidential rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Trump's media attacks: He doesn't understand democracy Drug importation won't save dollars or lives Dems fear divisions will persist after DNC chair election MORE in the most delegate-rich of Tuesday night’s contests.
But Sanders won decisive victories in Idaho and Utah, allowing Sanders to win a few more delegates than Clinton as of 2:50 a.m. Wednesday. With 100 percent reporting, Sanders won 78 percent of the vote in Idaho; in Utah, where only 15 percent of the vote was in, Sanders was leading with 74 percent.
In the 75-delegate state of Arizona, Clinton had nearly 60 percent of the vote. Clinton’s victory there further demonstrates her strength over Sanders among minority voters. Roughly one-third of Arizona’s population is Hispanic, according to the Pew Research Center.
The Associated Press estimates so far that Clinton will gain 41 delegates to Sanders's 20.
The Clintons have a long history in Arizona. Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonReport: New national security adviser breaks with Trump on 'radical Islamic terrorism' EPA head previously used private email for government business Arkansas lawmaker proposes bill that would remove Clinton name from airport: report MORE won the state in the 2008 Democratic primaries against then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama and daughter Malia spotted at Broadway production Tom Perez embodies the Democratic Party. This is why he should lead it. Ex-Bush spokesman: 'Media should calm down' on limited WH briefing MORE (Ill.). Her husband, former president Bill ClintonBill ClintonTom Perez embodies the Democratic Party. This is why he should lead it. Hillary Clinton rallies DNC members in video message Obama draws crowd, cheers in NYC MORE, pulled off a rare Democratic victory there the during the 1996 presidential election.
Clinton and her allies used their ties to Arizona to their advantage this cycle, with Bill Clinton stumping for his wife before the primary and her campaign locking up support and endorsements from lawmakers.
The state’s leading newspaper, The Arizona Republic, endorsed Clinton on Monday, writing, “She has the mettle to be president. The sound judgment to be commander in chief.”
Sanders scored a smaller win Tuesday, beating Clinton in a landslide in the Utah caucuses. The state only carries 33 delegates, but Sanders could make off with most of them if his large margin holds.
The majority of Idaho's 23 delegates also will be awarded to Sanders