AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz has won Texas’ Republican presidential primary, a home-state victory that gives him Super Tuesday’s most delegate-rich prize.
The tea party darling hails from Houston and became the state’s junior senator in 2013. Cruz was a heavy favorite in Texas — even as Donald Trump continued to dominate most national polls.
Texas has 155 GOP delegates, 47 of which are awarded based on overall results statewide. The rest are distributed among each of the 36 congressional districts.
That means that, despite Cruz’s victory, some delegates will likely to go to the second- and third-place finishers.
The presidential primary was the biggest draw on the Texas Republican ballot. No major statewide offices are up for grabs, and the state has few competitive congressional races.
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