Texas voters turned out en masse on Tuesday, lifting Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton to victories in the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.
Both party contests had generated a high level of interest. Cruz desperately needed a win to bolster his argument that Republicans should rally around him as the best alternative to Donald Trump. Clinton, meanwhile, wanted to leverage her longtime ties to Texas Democrats to solidify her advantage over Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.
Texas voters came through for both candidates in a big way. On the Republican side, participation had surged past 2.5 million with more than 80 percent of precincts counted. Cruz had won 1.1 million votes. Clinton, meanwhile, had taken close to 900,000 votes out of almost 1.4 million votes cast.