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Ted Cruz claims Wyoming delegates; Hillary Clinton wins North Marianas caucuses

By Eric DuVall   |   Updated March 12, 2016 at 8:20 PM
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CHEYENNE, Wyo., March 12 (UPI) -- Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz picked up nine delegates from Wyoming and one from Guam in two contests held Saturday.

In Wyoming, the state party holds a convention to determine how to assign about half of the state's delegates. The other half are assigned at county-by-county meetings, which were held Saturday. Cruz dominated those meetings, where party members cast ballots for the delegates pledged to a candidate, not the actual presidential candidates. Cruz won 9 of the 12 delegates at stake, while Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio won one delegate each.

The remainder of the state's delegation to the GOP convention in Cleveland will be decided at a state party meeting to be held next month.

In Guam, things are equally as Byzantine. The island territory does not hold a traditional primary or caucus. Instead, party members meet to elect their delegates to the convention and those delegates are free to support who they choose. So far, four Guam delegates remain uncommitted. One, the island's governor, said he will support Cruz.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton won the first-ever North Mariana Islands caucuses, by a vote of 102-65 over Sen. Bernie Sanders. Voting was held Saturday evening on the islands Tinian, Saipan and Rota. Clinton won four delegates, to Sanders' two.

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