Hillary Clintonis projected to be the winner of the Arizona Democratic primary, giving her a victory over presidential rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Dems might begin again with Kamala Harris and California 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 ClintonTrump on presidency: 'I thought it would be easier' Trump threatens to scrap 'horrible' South Korea trade deal New science-fiction book set in future where Clinton won MORE won the state in the 2008 Democratic primaries against then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaSchiff: Trump will blame Obama during his entire presidency Trump must challenge Iran's ongoing human rights abuses Overnight Cybersecurity: Anticipation builds for Trump cyber order | House panel refers Clinton IT contractor for prosecution | Pentagon warned Flynn about foreign payments MORE (Ill.). Her husband, former president Bill ClintonBill ClintonWhat to know about Trump's national monuments executive order Larry Summers: Mnuchin squandering his credibility with Trump tax proposal Patagonia threatens to sue Trump over national monuments order 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