Early primary voters head to the polls Tuesday to vote for a Republican and Democratic presidential candidate this time in Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.
So far this primary election season, Democrat Hillary Clinton and her controversial Republican rival Donald Trump have maintained broad leads. Clinton has collected 1,630 of 2,383 delegates needed to win the nomination, while her opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has 844, according to The Associated Press.
For his part, Trump has garnered 681 of 1,237 delegates needed to earn the nomination, while his closest opponent Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has earned 425, writes the news outlet.
Arizona is the big prize in Tuesday’s contests, where 75 delegates are up for grabs in the Democratic race and 58 for Republicans. In Utah, 40 Republican delegates are up for grabs, while Democrats will compete for 33. Only Democrats will caucus in Idaho, where 23 delegates are on the table.
Here are some things to watch for, according to ABC News:
Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner looks well positioned to win in Arizona since he appeals to voters with a hard-line immigration stance. He has the backing of former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the man who oversees the controversial “Tent City” jail.
In order to catch up to Clinton, Sanders needs to win the remaining primaries and caucuses by incredible margins and gain a large number of delegates. On Saturday, he defended remaining in the race.
“Obviously, we have some important elections coming up in the next few days here in Arizona, in Utah as well and we think that we stand a good chance to do well,” Sanders told reporters while campaigning in Arizona, saying later, “We think we have states that are more progressive, some of the states we have seen, we are feeling optimistic that we can pick up a lot of delegates.”
The candidates face-off again at the end of the month.
SOURCE: ABC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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