2016 Utah Republican Caucus: Ted Cruz Soundly Defeats Donald Trump
Republican Ted Cruz triumphed over Donald Trump in the Utah caucuses Tuesday, marking another win in his scramble to position himself as the GOP's best alternative to the controversial frontrunner.
The Associated Press called the race for Cruz at 2:32 a.m. Eastern.
Cruz had to win more than 50% of the vote to put all 40 of Utah's delegates in his column — and the AP said he was on track to do so.
Less than an hour later, the AP confirmed Cruz would in fact pull off a 40-delegate sweep:
"Thank you Utah!" he tweeted.
The Beehive State alone wasn't going to tip the scales in Cruz's favor, but the convincing win served as proof that the brawl isn't over — and there will be fences to mend within the GOP when the nomination process finally concludes.
The Republicans engaged in some late-night Twitter brawling over a PAC-sponsored pro-Cruz ad featuring a provocative photo of Trump's wife in an attempt to sway voters in heavily Mormon Utah.
The Utah vote was also something of a test of Mitt Romney's influence in the state he now calls home.
Trump brushed off Romney's broadside, throwing his support for the 2012 GOP standard-bearer back in his face.
Utahns were determined to make their voices heard despite a series of obstacles: Republicans said they battled problems with the state's first test of a new online voting system.
10:04 a.m.: This article has been updated.