Senator Ted Cruz wins primary in home state of Texas

Republican Presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks to a reporter while standing with supporter Court Oviatt of Logan, Iowa, after a campaign speech at the public library in Onawa, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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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