MALAD, Idaho (ABC4 Utah) – On Tuesday Idaho Republican’s voted big for Senator Ted Cruz. In Oneida County nearly 60 percent of voters cast a ballot for Cruz. Many said it had more to do with stopping Donald Trump.
Idaho Republicans moved up their presidential primary this year to have a bigger impact on the nomination. With 32 delegates up for grabs in a four way race it’s a coveted prize for candidates.
For some of the Cruz supporters at the polling station in Malad it was about supporting who they thought was the best conservative. Although those like
Joseph Daniels said they agree with Trump, but couldn’t bring themselves to vote for him.
“I like Trump I like some of his ideas, but his language is atrocious,” said Daniels. “I’m like Romney I don’t want my kids to even hear him talk.”
Others said they were disturbed by what Trump has said and worry about what effect it will have on the part in the general election. Senator Marco Rubio supporter John Williams said he just hopes the party can come together.
“To be perfectly honest with you I’m really struggling with Mr. Trump,” said Williams. “I’m more in line with Marco Rubio.”
Trump wasn’t without his support in the county. He ended up getting 17 percent of the vote in the with some larger margins in other parts of the state. He also ended up winning Mississippi and Michigan.
The race is nearly half over and it’s unclear if anyone in the race will get enough delegates needed to secure the nomination. If not there could be a brokered convention where the party could select a nominee not currently in the race.