With 5 states set to cast their ballots in the Republican primary today, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has already scored an early morning victory on the Northern Mariana Islands, locking up all 9 delegates.
Trump has a commanding lead in the latest Florida and Illinois polls, and could rack up additional wins in Missouri, Ohio and North Carolina before the day is over. Given that Florida and Ohio are winner-take-all states, Trump could potentially all but secure the nomination by this evening!
Donald Trump has won the Republican caucus in the Northern Mariana Islands, a remote U.S. territory that consists of 15 islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Trump took home 73 percent of the vote and will win all nine delegates, according to Jason Osborne, who was the executive director of the local Republican Party.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz followed behind with 24 percent. Both Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio made barely a blip — Kasich took .02 percent and Rubio .01 percent of 471 total votes.
Osborne previously worked as a senior communications adviser to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who endorsed Trump last week.
Last week, the governor of the Northern Mariana Islands, Ralph Torres, threw his support behind Trump.
“I encouraged CNMI GOP voters to come out and exercise their right and vote for their preferred presidential nominee. I am overwhelmed by the turnout and their support for my endorsement of Mr. Donald Trump. I thank all the voters for participating in this important process. The attention the CNMI has received this presidential cycle from all the candidates has truly shown that our votes matter,” Torres said in a statement.
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