- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Republican party has awarded 14 delegates each to Ted Cruz and Donald Trump after Marco Rubio suspended his campaign earlier this week.

Cruz edged Trump earlier this month to win the Alaska GOP’s presidential preference poll. Rubio placed third.

Delegates were allocated proportionately to how well the candidates did in the poll. Initially Cruz was awarded 12 delegates, Trump, 11 and Rubio, five.

Ben Carson and John Kasich also were on the ballot but didn’t garner the level of support needed to earn delegates.

In a release Thursday, the party said that under its rules, if a presidential candidate drops out before the state convention, the percentage of national delegates pledged to that candidate is to be reapportioned.

The state convention is in late April.

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