US presidential poll 2016: Can Cruz get 50% votes in Utah today to check Trump's march?
Washington, March 22: All eyes will be on Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Tuesday (March 22) when three states of the US will go to polling in the ongoing primary for the presidential nomination for November's general election.
Observers will be keen to see whether Cruz succeeds in getting excess of 50 per cent of the vote in Utah. If he does, he will take all 40 delegates up for the grabs in the state to put some check on Donald Trump's onward march to get the GOP nomination, something the establishment is not wanting.
Trump, who has 19 of the 30 states that have gone to polling so far, has 680 delegates at the moment as against Cruz's 424. To get nomination, a Republican candidate has to win 1,237 delegates. The other candidate in the race, John Kasich, has 143 delegates so far.
But if Cruz falls short, then the state's delegates will be distributed among all the three candidates on a proportional basis, provided each bags 15 per cent of the votes polled. In such a scenario, it will become all the more difficult for Cruz to get close to Trump and possibly stop his dominance.
Kasich's aggressive campaigning in this state will also make things more challenging for Cruz to reach that magic 50-per cent mark.
Besides Utah, Arizona will also to voting on Tuesday, besides Idaho which will hold Democratic caucuses.