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Western Tuesday: Trump, Clinton Projected To Win Arizona Primaries

People wait in line for the county-wide Democratic caucus in Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won their parties' Arizona primaries, according to projections from The Associated Press.

Trump will get all of Arizona's 58 GOP delegates with his win in the state — by far the biggest prize of the night and a further complication for Republicans hoping to stop the controversial real estate mogul's march to the nomination. Trump's hardline position on immigration and promise to build a massive border wall won him support of influential Republicans in the state, including former Gov. Jan Brewer and popular Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

On the Democratic side, Clinton's victory over Bernie Sanders in Arizona is a blow to the Vermont senator, who was aiming for a strong finish in the heavily Hispanic state.

Last Tuesday as Clinton swept five states, Sanders was campaigning in Arizona, and his campaign had hoped to do well there. Based on early returns, Clinton has a more than 20 point lead, though many people were still in line once polls closed waiting to vote. The state's 75 pledged delegates will be awarded proportionally.

Speaking shortly after Arizona was called, Sanders pointed to the heavy turnout the night's contests had sparked and argued he was still closing the gap with Clinton, given the deficit he started with last year.

"When we began this campaign we talked about the need for millions of people to become involved in the political process," Sanders said while campaigning in California, which will hold their massive primary in June. "Tonight in Utah, tonight in Idaho and tonight in Arizona there are record-breaking turnouts, in terms of voting.

In the rest of the GOP races on Tuesday night, Ted Cruz is hoping to rebound with strong finish in Utah, where Trump is expected to struggle with Mormon voters. However, Ohio Gov. John Kasich could play spoiler if Cruz is held below 50 percent in the state and the delegates are awarded proportionally instead of winner-take-all.

On the Democratic side, Sanders will now look to make delegate gains in the caucuses in Utah and Idaho — formats he's traditionally done better in than Clinton. Turnout has been heavy, and many voters remain in long lines in those states.

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