- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on the Alaska Republican party’s presidential preference poll (all times local):

12:22 a.m.

Ted Cruz’s narrow victory over Donald Trump in Alaska on Super Tuesday means each man gets nearly the same number of delegates.

Cruz picks up 12 delegates for his total, while Trump is right behind with 11.

Marco Rubio, who came in third, gets five delegates.

Both Ben Carson and John Kasich were on the ballot, but both finished below the vote total threshold to receive any delegates. They would have had to get more than 13 percent of the total vote to snag a delegate but neither garnered that much support.

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11:40 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican presidential preference poll in Alaska.

Cruz edged out national GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who had the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was in third.

Alaska has 28 delegates, and they’re doled out on a proportional basis for any candidate getting 13 percent of the vote or more.

The small pot of delegates, coupled with Alaska’s distance from other states, makes it a hard sell for candidates to devote time to campaigning in person. Only U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made a campaign stop when he kicked off a tour of western states in Anchorage last August. He has since quit the race.

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9:55 p.m.

Ted Cruz holds a slight edge over Donald Trump in early returns in the Alaska Republican party’s presidential preference poll.

Alaska was the last among 12 states that held Super Tuesday events to be counting votes.

The other candidates on the poll ballot were Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson.

Trump had one prominent backer in Alaska: former Gov. Sarah Palin.

Twenty-eight delegates are up for grabs in Alaska and will be allocated proportionately to how well the candidates do in the poll. A candidate must get at least 13 percent of the vote in the poll to receive any pledged delegates for this summer’s national convention.

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7:55 p.m.

Voters in Anchorage and Juneau shared their thoughts on the Republican presidential race as state GOP voters cast their choice in a party poll Tuesday.

Andrew Holder, of Anchorage, said he finds Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff remarks refreshing in what he calls a “politically correct” world. He says people don’t feel like they can speak their minds and that Trump seems more genuine.

Jim Stephens, also from Anchorage, compared the front-runner Trump to a schoolyard bully. He said he supports Marco Rubio, seeing him as having probably the best chance of beating the eventual Democratic nominee.

In Juneau, state Sen. John Coghill declared himself a Ted Cruz supporter, seeing him as the most in line to Coghill’s own philosophy.

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6:55 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the state Republican party says the turnout for the party’s presidential preference poll has been “unbelievable.”

And Suzanne Downing says it’s not slowing down. In an email, Downing says volunteers manning polling sites have been somewhat overwhelmed by the turnout.

She says the party chair predicted that 20,000 people would come out to vote, and she says he may be right. The party had 25,000 ballots printed.

Some sites have had long lines with voters waiting to cast ballots. The five candidates appearing on the ballot are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson.

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3:10 p.m.

Polls have opened across Alaska and thousands of voters are expected to participate in the state Republican party’s presidential preference poll.

The candidates on the ballot are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson.

Twenty-eight delegates are up for grabs and will be allocated proportionately to how well the candidates do in the poll. A candidate must get at least 13 percent of the vote in the poll to receive any pledged delegates for this summer’s national convention.

Voting Tuesday is limited to Republicans and to their presidential candidates. Democrats will meet later this month to consider their choices.

Voting is scheduled to last until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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12:45 p.m.

Alaska Republicans are poised to decide which of the remaining GOP presidential candidates will get their support.

The field has narrowed in recent weeks as other states held primaries or caucuses and some candidates dropped out. Those set to appear on the ballot for Alaska GOP’s presidential preference poll Tuesday are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson.

Democrats will meet to make their choice later this month.

For the Republican event, each state House district will have at least one polling site. State GOP spokeswoman Suzanne Downing says Washington, D.C., also will have a site because of the number of people working for Alaska’s congressional delegation there.

Absentee voting for members of the military is allowed, but Downing says only a handful of such ballots have been requested.

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