Clinton notches win in Arizona; Sanders claims Utah, Idaho

Hillary Clintonis projected to be the winner of the Arizona Democratic primary, giving her a victory over presidential rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care 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. 

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But because Democrats award delegates proportionally, that gives Sanders all but a handful of delegates in those states.

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 Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE won the state in the 2008 Democratic primaries against then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' Texas warehouse where migrants housed in 'cages' closed for humane renovation North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs MORE (Ill.). Her husband, former president Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Obama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Dow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up 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