Amid record-high turnout, Cruz, Sanders win Oklahoma primaries
by Chris Casteel

Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Bernie Sanders scored important primary victories in Oklahoma on Tuesday as voters broke with those in most of the Super Tuesday states.

Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, drubbed Hillary Clinton, garnering 52 percent of the vote statewide.

Sanders made Oklahoma a priority and had an energetic campaign in Tulsa and in college towns. He held rallies in Oklahoma City and Tulsa last week and may have been boosted by the Democratic Party’s decision to allow Independents to vote in its primary.

For Sanders, it was only his second win on Super Tuesday, when a dozen states voted, most of them for Clinton. Sanders also carried his home state of Vermont.

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