That the Republican nomination contest has distributed more than half of the delegates it will award before the convention with more than two candidates still in the race has had two obvious consequences. First, Donald Trump has managed to maintain a lead by winning pluralities of the vote in more states than his opponents. Second, no one has actually won a majority in a major contest.

The words "major contest" are important there. Ted Cruz won nearly 62 percent of Wyoming's 1,044 total voters; Trump had 70. For his part, Trump got 73 percent in the Northern Marianas, locking down more than 300 of the 471 votes cast. And Marco Rubio (remember that guy?) got 71 percent of the vote in Puerto Rico -- but Puerto Rico is not a state.

In 2012, more than 240,000 Utahns came out to support Mitt Romney's candidacy (which they did at a 9-to-1 margin over everyone else). With Cruz poised to beat the 50 percent mark in that contest, it's likely that he'll be the first to actually win a flat-out majority in a state that was actually visited by a Republican candidate this year.

For what it's worth, Cruz, Trump and John Kasich have all gotten fairly close.


Of course, one reason that Cruz might take home a majority in the state is simply that the field is now so small. Winning a majority in a big state at this point is a lot different than if he'd won one in, say, New Hampshire.

Oh, and there's the other thing: He still has to do it.