Saturday Showdowns: Voters Go To The Polls In 5 States

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin checks in to vote at Seneca High School for Kentucky's GOP presidential caucus on Saturday.i

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin checks in to vote at Seneca High School for Kentucky’s GOP presidential caucus on Saturday.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin checks in to vote at Seneca High School for Kentucky's GOP presidential caucus on Saturday.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin checks in to vote at Seneca High School for Kentucky’s GOP presidential caucus on Saturday.

Claire Galofaro/AP

Voters in five states are voting this Saturday, with more than 100 delegates up for grab in each party.

In the closed GOP races, it’s an important chance for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to try and topple Donald Trump among solely registered Republican voters.

Meanwhile, in Democratic races, scant polling has shown former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the edge in most places, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could do well in many of the Midwestern states holding closed caucuses.

Louisiana is the only state holding a traditional primary; results in one of the most delegate-rich state of the night are expected after polls close at 9 p.m. ET. Surveys have shown both Trump and Clinton with a sizable edge in their respective contests.

The rest of the states will hold party caucuses. Maine GOP results could come early, sometime after 1 p.m. ET. Trump campaigned there this week and is expected to have a strong showing, and he has the endorsement of Maine Gov. Paul LePage. But Cruz also stumped in the state on Friday, hoping he can take advantage of the more favorable caucus format.

First results are expected from Kansas Republicans sometime after 3 p.m. ET. Trump made a last-minute stop in the state this morning, canceling a planned appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in favor of a rally in Wichita. The little polling that’s been down shows the real estate mogul has a narrow edge, but he’s done poorer in caucus, with Cruz often outperforming. Many voters were undecided heading into Saturday.

Kansas Democratic caucus results are expected after 7 p.m. ET. This could be a closer contest than Louisiana; Sanders has done better in closed caucuses and in less-diverse states. The same holds for the Nebraska Democratic caucuses, where results are expected after 8 p.m. ET.

The Kentucky GOP caucuses, where results are expected after 7 p.m. ET, were orchestrated by home state Sen. Rand Paul when he was in the race as a way to protect his White House chances and his re-election hopes. But Paul dropped out of the race after a poor showing in Iowa. Polls show Trump has an big lead in the Republican caucuses now, and the GOP front-runner got in a final dig at Paul on Saturday too:

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2016/03/05/469317484/saturday-showdowns-voters-go-to-the-polls-in-5-states?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

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