The Results Won't Be In Until Late
Western Tuesday is right around the corner, and it's another big night in the race for the White House. So what's at stake and when will the Western Tuesday results be out? The states voting on March 22 are Arizona, Idaho, and Utah for Democrats, and Arizona and Utah for Republicans.
On the Democratic side, there are a total 131 delegates at stake, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading in Utah. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton leads Sanders in Arizona by 26 percentage points, and the two are polling closely in Idaho with Sanders in the lead with 47 percent to Clinton's 45 percent. On the Republican side, there are 98 delegates at stake. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump leads Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Arizona with 38 percent to Cruz's 25 percent. In Utah, Cruz has a wide lead over Trump with 53 percent to Trump's 11 percent.
The results for Western Tuesday — and thus the delegate allocations — will not be in until late, however. Arizona's polls close at 7 p.m. PT, and Idaho voters have to be at the polls by 6 p.m. MT to vote. Utah's polls don't close until 11 p.m. when online voting closes, so it's sure to be a late night before the results are finished coming in.
Republicans need a total 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination before the convention on June 7, and there are still currently three people running in the race, making it difficult to know if the Republican frontrunner can clinch the nomination before the convention. Trump is ahead with 680 delegates, followed by Cruz with 424 and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 143. And although it might seem strange for Kasich to still be running as he trails far behind the other candidates, this could actually come as a strategic move for the Republican establishment that hopes to see Trump out.
Kasich is currently splitting the number of available delegates from the leading contenders in the race and is confident that the Republican race will ultimately end at the convention. On Monday, he told CNN's New Day, "I'm not going anywhere ... He’s not gonna have enough delegates. He’s gonna go there without enough delegates."
At the end of the day, while many Republicans have said Ted Cruz is their only hope of stopping Trump, maybe Kasich is actually onto something by staying in the race so long.