Ted Cruz narrowly defeats Trump in Alaska’s Super Tuesday Republican vote
Last updated at 11:58 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1
Peter Goldberg, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, has declared Ted Cruz the winner of the Alaska Super Tuesday presidential preference poll.
Voters had five candidates to choose from in the PPP: Donald Trump, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson and Marco Rubio. The polls opened at 3 p.m. and ran until 8 p.m. AKST.
As of 11:58 p.m. with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the poll results were:
- Ted Cruz – 36.21% or 7,923 votes
- Donald Trump – 33.57% or 7,346 votes
- Marco Rubio – 15.16% or 3,318 votes
- Dr. Ben Carson – 10.97% or 2,401 votes
- John Kasich – 4.08% or 892 votes
As of 11 p.m., more than 14,400 votes had been counted, surpassing 2012’s ballot count of roughly 14,100. As of 11:45 p.m., the ballots counted had surpassed 20,500.
The Alaska Democratic Party’s caucus will be held on March 26.
Alaskans hoping to vote for their favorite Republican presidential candidate in Alaska’s Super Tuesday Presidential Preference Poll (PPP) faced long lines and polling places with an insufficient number of ballots.
Election volunteers asked voters to fill out voter information cards, which made the process take longer than expected by most. One Alaskan who was hoping to vote at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center said he was told he was required to fill out a voter information card before receiving a ballot.
Larry Timmons, of Wasilla, said he waited in line with his state ID and voter registration card but was told by at least two people working at the polling place that he could not vote unless he filled out a form from the Alaska Republican Party that asked for his personal information. After being denied a ballot, Timmons said he left.
“To be treated this way, I am appalled,” he said. “I am absolutely appalled that the Republican party would treat a voter this way, especially with such a crucial election coming up. I cherish my right to vote in this country, and they have denied it to me.”
Peter Goldberg, Chair of the Alaska Republican Party told KTVA there was a miscommunication, and coordinators shouldn’t have told anyone filling out the extra form was mandatory.
“You’ve got 300 volunteers scattered across the biggest state in the nation. It’s hard to make sure that everybody’s perfectly on the same sheet of music,” said Goldberg.
The Anchorage polling location at O’Malley’s on the Green is among a number places that have seen a high volume of voter turnout. The location ran out of ballots shortly after 6 p.m.
Goldberg told KTVA that as many as “five or six” polling locations have run out of ballots, and the party was printing new ones as “fast as Office Depot and Kinkos can print them.”
This is a developing story, please check back for updates. KTVA 11’s Daniella Rivera contributed to this report.
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