All of the state’s precincts are now reporting in and it appears Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have pulled out extremely narrow victories in Missouri’s Presidential Preference Primary.
The Primary was close all night, with Clinton and Trump at times trailing their respective closest rivals in Missouri – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for Clinton and Texas Senator Ted Cruz for Trump. In the end the differences on both tickets were less than half-a-percentage point. Clinton edged out Sanders 49.613% to 49.365%, or by 1,555 votes. Trump’s margin over Cruz was only slightly smaller, 40.828% to 40.653%, or 1,636 votes.
If those numbers hold, Trump will receive 12 delegates to the Republican convention in Cleveland for the overall victory, and the remaining 40 delegates would be divided between Cruz and Trump based on how they performed in Missouri’s congressional districts. Trump also carried most of those, so all in all the win was part of another big day for him, as he won Tuesday in Florida, Illinois, and North Carolina. By midnight CNN calculated that Trump had won 178 delegates Tuesday to 75 for Ohio Governor John Kasich, and 37 for Cruz.
The outcomes could result in recounts. Under Missouri law when the margin is less than one-half-of-one-percent, the candidate with the apparent losing total can seek a recount.
Clinton, meanwhile, would have won five states Tuesday with wider victories in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio. Of Missouri’s 71 Democratic delegates, 47 will be divided based on how well she and Sanders did in each congressional district, with the remainder divided based on statewide vote. CNN put her delegate wins Tuesday at 297, with 194 for Sanders.