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With Arizona wins, Trump, Clinton pick up pace in White House race

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump swept to victory in Arizona presidential primaries on Wednesday, boosting the bid in their parties for the race to the White House.

world Updated: Mar 23, 2016 11:30 IST
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking on Tuesday during a campaign rally at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking on Tuesday during a campaign rally at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.(AP)

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump swept to victory in Arizona presidential primaries on Wednesday, boosting the bid in their parties for the race to the White House.

With more than 70% of the votes counted, Clinton was cruising ahead with 60% of the votes, and Trump with nearly 46% in Arizona, one of three western states besides Utah and Idaho to hold contests on Wednesday.

All major American media networks, based on these figures and lead, projected Trump and Clinton as winner of Arizona primaries.

Official results are yet to be declared.

“Thank you, Arizona,” Trump tweeted.

“Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who are working so hard for our campaign. You’re knocking down barriers,” Clinton tweeted.

US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2016 Policy Conference at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. (AFP)

With an impressive win in Arizona, Trump grabbed all the 58 delegates at stake in the State, thus, increasing his total to 739 delegates and further increasing the gap on delegate count with his main Republican presidential primary rival Senator Ted Cruz who has a delegate count of 425.

To win the Republican presidential nominee, Trump needs 1,237 delegates.

He needs to win 52% of the delegates in the rest of the Republican primaries. So far, the real estate tycoon has won 19 States as against Cruz’s victory in eight States so far.

In Arizona, Clinton’s sole rival Senator Bernie Sanders had polled 36. 8% of the votes as against more than 60% by the former Secretary of State.

Clinton currently has 1,670 delegates, which includes 1159 won by her in various States and 467 super delegates who have pledged their support to her.

Sanders has 886 delegates including 829 won in State primaries and caucuses.

The one with 2,382 delegates, would be declared the Democratic presidential nominee.