Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Bernie Sanders could have rare good days in primary and caucus voting Tuesday.
But the presidential frontrunners — Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican businessman Donald Trump — still could add to their delegate leads.
Democratic race: 3 states
U.S. Sen. Sanders of Vermont leads Clinton narrowly in Idaho and Utah, where Democrats will caucus with a total of 56 delegates at stake.
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However, the Utah race could be interesting. Recent polls had Clinton leading by from seven-to-10 percentage points.
The day’s biggest prize for the Democrats is Arizona, where Clinton has a 30-point lead, according to an average of polls by Real Clear Politics.
Regardless of the Idaho and Utah results, Clinton is likely to have increased her delegate lead — now 1,614 to 856 — by day’s ends since Democrats divide delegates proportionately.
GOP race: Mormon fears?
Trump has a 13-point lead over Cruz in Arizona with its 55 GOP delegates, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich trailing in third.
However, the U.S. senator from Texas has a 24-point lead in Utah over Kasich. Trump trails at a distant third. The consensus is that the billionaire businessman’s bombastic broadsides turn off Mormon voters, who make up much of the state’s population.
Next up: Democrats caucus Saturday in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington. Democratic and GOP voters go to the polls next Tuesday in Wisconsin.