- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The latest on presidential caucusing at Wyoming’s GOP county conventions (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Ted Cruz can claim momentum heading into next week’s big primaries in Florida and elsewhere after an almost clean sweep in Wyoming.

Cruz won nine of 12 Republican county conventions in the state Saturday. Donald Trump and Marco Rubio won one each. One county didn’t commit to any of the candidates and the remainder chose national alternates.

Cruz supporters say they believe he is the only true conservative running this year.



Cruz is the only remaining candidate who has campaigned in Wyoming. He hasn’t won Wyoming yet. Fourteen more national delegates will be at stake in voting at the state GOP convention in Casper next month.

Three other delegates are automatic. In all, Wyoming will send 29 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.

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4:19 p.m.

Ted Cruz has won the lion’s share of delegates at stake in Republican caucusing in Wyoming.

The Texas senator prevailed Saturday in at least seven of the 12 Wyoming counties choosing national delegates at GOP conventions. He won in Sheridan, Hot Springs, Sweetwater, Laramie, Uinta, Converse and Goshen counties.

Donald Trump won Teton County and Marco Rubio won Albany County.

The county conventions don’t determine the final outcome of the GOP presidential race in Wyoming. Fourteen more national delegates will be at stake in voting at the state Republican convention in Casper next month.

Going off the beaten path apparently paid off for Cruz. He is the only Republican candidate still in the race who has campaigned in the state.

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2:47 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz continues to win Republican caucusing across Wyoming.

So far, Cruz has picked up five of the 12 national GOP delegates at stake Saturday. He easily won Uinta County with 72 percent of the vote and Laramie County with 65 percent.

Laramie County chose local resident Dick Shanor to cast a vote for Cruz at the GOP national convention this summer. Shanor says Cruz is the only “unprincipled and unwavering conservative” in the race.

Cruz also has won in Sheridan, Sweetwater and Hot Springs counties. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won a national delegate from Albany County and Donald Trump won in Teton County.

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1:34 p.m.

Donald Trump has picked up his first national delegate from Wyoming.

Teton County chose the New York billionaire over Florida Sen. Marco Rubio 53-47 percent Saturday.

Republicans have voted so far in five of the 12 counties that are choosing national delegates. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won three counties and three of the 12 national delegates at stake.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio narrowly beat Cruz to win in Albany County.

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1 p.m.

New York billionaire Donald Trump isn’t getting traction at Wyoming’s GOP conventions.

So far, three Wyoming counties have gone for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and one for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. A total of 12 national delegates from Wyoming are currently at stake.

Rubio beat Cruz 51-49 percent in Albany County to pick up his first national delegate from Wyoming on Saturday. Cruz earlier won delegates from Hot Springs, Sheridan and Sweetwater counties.

Trump hasn’t been a serious contender in Wyoming yet except for getting 18 percent of the vote at the Sweetwater County GOP convention.

Republicans will choose another 14 delegates at their state convention in Casper next month.

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12:15 p.m.

Ted Cruz has won Sweetwater County to extend his lead at Wyoming’s GOP conventions.

Cruz got just over 50 percent of Saturday’s vote among delegates to the Sweetwater County Republican convention. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got 31.5 percent and Donald Trump 18 percent.

Cruz now has won three of the 12 national delegates currently at stake in Wyoming. He was the unanimous pick in Hot Springs County and beat Rubio 60-40 percent in Sweetwater County.

A definite winner in Wyoming won’t be determined Saturday. The state GOP will pick another 14 national delegates at its state convention in Casper next month.

Three other delegates are automatic - the state GOP chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman.

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12 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has taken an early lead at Wyoming’s Republican conventions.

Cruz picked up the first two of 12 national delegates at stake Saturday. He won Hot Springs County and Sheridan County.

Jim Collins is a rancher chosen as the national delegate from Hot Springs County. Collins says he likes Cruz because he thinks Cruz will be a strict interpreter of the Constitution.

Collins also says Cruz will make good choices for judicial vacancies. That includes the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

The vote in Hot Springs County came down to two candidates, both of whom were for Cruz.

Cruz is the only remaining presidential candidate who has campaigned in Wyoming. He stopped through the Cheyenne area last year.

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10:29 a.m.

Republicans in Wyoming have started to weigh in on the presidential race.

They’re taking part in county conventions Saturday where 12 of the state’s 29 presidential delegates are at stake. Most of those conventions are now under way.

In Laramie County, a couple hundred delegates have convened at a community center in Cheyenne. Election of a national delegate and alternate is among the last items on the agenda.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz appears to be organized in Laramie County, where several participants are wearing Cruz stickers.

The GOP in Albany, Campbell, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Sheridan, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta counties also are choosing national delegates. Wyoming’s other counties are choosing alternates.

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4 a.m.

Ted Cruz is about to find out whether his campaign appearance in Wyoming last year paid off.

Wyoming Republicans gather in county conventions Saturday to select 12 of the state’s 29 presidential delegates.

The Texas senator is the only active GOP candidate to campaign in Wyoming. Last summer, he pledged to end federal regulations that threaten to impede coal mining during a rally near Cheyenne.

But if more Wyoming’s delegates get behind Donald Trump, it would shore up the New York billionaire’s support in the Rocky Mountain region after losing in Idaho last week.

Republicans in Wyoming were energized and turned out in large numbers at precinct caucuses in February and early March. The precinct caucuses determined who goes to the county conventions.

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