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Donald Trump Wins North Carolina's Republican Primary

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 16/03/2016 Julia Craven
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Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump won the Republican presidential primary in North Carolina on Tuesday.

Heading into the primary, Trump was leading Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by 14 percent in polls of the state's voters. Trump, who has won nine other Southern states, will scoop up most of North Carolina’s 72 delegates.

During a stump speech in Fayetteville on Mar. 9, Trump assured attendees that he would “ bring jobs back ” to a state where many factory jobs have been outsourced to cheaper foreign markets.  

North Carolina voters will  play a larger role in determining the nominee this year than they have in years past. In 2013, the state’s general assembly decided to hold the presidential primary in March instead of in May, when the nominee will be pretty much solidified.

Each candidate will pick up delegates in North Carolina since there is no eligibility threshold. Delegates will be divvied up based on the order candidates finish in the primary.

There are 358 delegates up for grabs on Tuesday, between North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Florida.

Editor's note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

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