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Caucus night for Democrats, GOP creates long lines, ballot shortages

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Posted at 6:44 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 02:56:48-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Thousands of voters turned out to cast their vote during Utah’s presidential caucuses, Tuesday, despite the long lines and bad weather.

A normally conservative state, Democrats came out in droves. Caucus sites were overwhelmed with lines out the door, an some spots running out of ballots.

At about 11 p.m., CNN projected Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as the Democratic winner. As of about 12:25 a.m., Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was predicted to win the GOP caucus.

High voter turnout at caucus sites was reported throughout the state, Tuesday, according to the Utah GOP. About 59,850 people pre-registered for the upcoming caucus.

Of those individuals, the Utah GOP states, about 40,000 selected the online option. Of those 40,000 who selected the online voting option, about 30,000 accepted to participate in the online voting option for the Republican Presidential Caucus.

Utah has 40 Republican delegates. If any candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote, all 40 delegates will be awarded to that candidate.

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the delegates will be divided proportionally to all candidates who receive at least 15 percent of the vote.

For more information on caucuses, visit caucus.utah.gov.