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Arizona and Utah’s votes were at stake. Here’s who won them over, inching closer to clinching the nomination. AP
Voters wait in line at dawn to cast their ballot in Arizona's presidential primary election, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

In the latest battle for delegates, Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton sought out votes in Arizona, Idaho and Utah.

Trump worked to persuade Arizona voters that his tough stance on illegal immigration would benefit their state. With the influential backing of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the hardline anti-immigration officer from Maricopa County, which borders Mexico, Trump won the highly-coveted votes in Arizona for the Republicans. However, with the endorsement of Mitt Romney—the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, and a Mormon—Cruz was able to win the state of Utah, which has a Mormon majority.

Trump won the 58 delegates at stake for the Republicans in Arizona, bringing him to a total of 739 delegates. Cruz won the 40 available delegates for Republicans in Utah, bringing his delegate count to 465 total. Kasich, who did not win either state on Tuesday, is still holding at 143 total delegates. The candidates need 1,237 delegates total to win the Republican Party’s nomination.

The Democrats were vying for delegates in Arizona, Utah and Idaho on Tuesday. In an upset, Sanders won two of the three states. Clinton won the highly coveted state of Arizona, however, taking 41 of the total 75 delegates available to Democrats in that state. The win in Arizona brings Clinton’s total delegate count to 1,681. Sanders won 17 of the 23 delegates available to Democrats in Idaho, and 18 of the 33 delegates available to Democrats in Utah, bringing him to 927 in all.

In a statement following the victories, which were largely seen as upsets, Sanders said that the “impressive numbers of young people and working-class people who participated in the process are exactly what the political revolution is all about. These decisive victories in Idaho and Utah give me confidence that we will continue to win major victories in the coming contests.”

A Democrat must obtain 2,383 delegates to win the party’s nomination.

Yasmeen Alamiri is a political reporter for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @Yalamiri
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