Editor’s note: This story contains updated delegate allocations.Donald Trump won the Kentucky Republican Party presidential caucus, rolling up big victories in coal country and claiming at least a plurality of the state’s 46 delegates.The win helped Trump rebound on a night in which he saw U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz take caucuses in Maine and Kansas and lay claim to the spot as Trump’s chief competitor. Trump also captured Louisiana late in the evening.The Associated Press called the race for Trump just before 11 p.m.With 100 percent of the vote counted, Trump had 36 percent of the vote to Cruz’s 32 percent. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who had what appeared to be the strongest ground game in the state, was holding on to a disappointing third. with under 17 percent of the vote. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was just two points behind.Trump was strongest in the heavily Republican old 5th Congressional District in the south and Eastern Kentucky, while Cruz was able to string together small blocks in the Purchase region, the Bluegrass and in Northern Kentucky, where the tea party is strongest.Trump won 79 of Kentucky’s 120 counties while Cruz grabbed the other 41.Rubio is pointing toward a series of winner-take-all primaries that… Read full this story
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