Cruz wins close Alaska contest
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Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE had a small lead over Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE in Alaska early Wednesday morning when The Associated Press named him the winner of the final Super Tuesday contest. 

The Texas senator had 7,973 votes to Trump's 7,346 votes with 100 percent of the vote tallied, according to the AP.

Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE was running a distant third, with 15 percent, followed by Ben Carson, with 11 percent, and John Kasich’s 4 percent. 

The win in Alaska gives Cruz a Super Tuesday trifecta and serves as another front for him to claim victory against Trump, despite the fact that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed the real estate mogul.

But it likely won’t make a significant difference in the race for delegates, as the AP currently estimates that Cruz will walk away with 12 delegates and Trump with 11 from the state. 

Cruz won two states on Super Tuesday to Trump’s seven. Trump’s victories will allow him to walk away with an increased delegate lead.  

Alaska is typically the last to finalize results, thanks to its own time zone that’s later than the U.S. Pacific Time Zone. And because the state is largely rural, there’s minimal polling to predict the winner ahead of time. 

In the only poll from 2016, Trump led Cruz by 4 percent, with everyone else in single digits. 

This report was updated at 7:12 a.m.