Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE is projected to win the North Carolina primary.
Fox News called the race just after 9:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, about two hours after polls closed in the state. The Associated Press called it shortly after.
The victory will give Trump a plurality of the state’s 72 delegates as he seeks to build on his lead over rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown MORE.
However, North Carolina is the only state voting Tuesday that awards delegates on a strictly proportional basis, so Cruz, Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — Quick vote on defense bill blocked again Maternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE and John Kasich will each net some delegates as well.
The Tar Heel State was home to one of the most controversial moments so far in the Trump campaign.
A supporter of the celebrity businessman was arrested last week for sucker punching a protester at a rally in Fayetteville, N.C.
The Cumberland County Sherriff’s office briefly considered bringing charges against Trump for inciting violence but decided against it.