INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Donald Trump won Indiana’s Republican presidential primary Tuesday and Ted Cruz suspended his campaign after waging a last-ditch effort to deny the billionaire businessman the GOP nomination.
Bernie Sanders won the state’s Democratic primary, scoring a late victory over front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Rep. Todd Young captured the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, while nominations for two open congressional seats were also being decided.
Voters cast a record number of early ballots and high turnout was reported Tuesday, especially in some heavily Republican counties in suburban Indianapolis.
Trump will collect at least 45 of Indiana’s 57 Republican delegates to the party’s national convention. Trump won 30 of those with his statewide victory.
Sanders’ Indiana win wasn’t by a large enough margin Tuesday to keep Clinton from collecting many of the state’s 83 delegates up for grabs.
Those are allocated based on their vote percentages in each congressional district.
The state has nine Democratic superdelegates, who are members of Congress or party leaders and can support the candidate of their choice regardless of the outcome of the primary outcome.
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Young won by a wide margin after a contentious campaign against tea party-backed Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who characterized Young as an establishment pawn at a time when voters are increasingly frustrated with Washington. Young attacked the Stutzman as an ideologue who prioritizes obstructionism over passing legislation.
National Republicans are looking for Young to keep party control of the seat that’s opening up with the retirement of GOP Sen. Dan Coats. The November election will see Young face former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
In southern Indiana’s 9th District, the packed GOP contest included state Attorney General Greg Zoeller as well as state Sens. Erin Houchin of Salem and Brent Waltz of Greenwood.
First-time candidate Trey Hollingsworth was accused of trying to buy the seat with more than $1.7 million from himself and his father after moving to Jeffersonville in September from his native Tennessee.
State Sen. Jim Banks of Columbia City faced agricultural businessman Kip Tom of Leesburg and fellow state Sen. Liz Brown of Fort Wayne for the 3rd District in northeastern Indiana.
Some counties around the state had lines of voters waiting to cast ballots at the 6 p.m. closing time.
Under Indiana election law, voters in line to vote when polls are due to close at 6 p.m. local time are allowed to cast ballots.
Early voter turnout hit record highs in the state, with Indiana Election Division Co-Director Angie Nussmeyer saying 286,219 completed ballots had been received by county officials by 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The previous record for an Indiana primary was about 185,700 absentee ballots cast for 2008’s primary that featured the tight race between Barack Obama and Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
About 63 percent of the absentee voting applications were for Republican ballots.