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Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press
An example of an early ballot collection box and demonstration of voting areas is set up at the Maricopa County Recorder’s office in Phoenix on Monday, March 21, 2016, ahead of the state’s Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday. After a frenzied weekend of raucous campaign rallies across Arizona, election day is here. Voters go to the polls Tuesday for the presidential preference election.

PHOENIX — Voters in Arizona, Utah and Idaho are making their choices in party caucuses and primaries Tuesday.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have overwhelming delegate leads heading into the contests, while Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and John Kasich hope to reverse the sense of inevitability taking hold around the two front-runners.

Here's a look at what voters had to say:

Marie Howard, a 57-year-old Navajo Nation resident, supported Hillary Clinton in Arizona's presidential primary. She believes as president, Clinton would be sympathetic to tribal members.

Howard keeps postcards, an autographed photo and newspaper clippings that remind her of when Clinton visited her reservation and the Grand Canyon long before becoming a presidential contender.

The Tonalea, Arizona, woman was among thousands of Navajos who were moved off Hopi land in a long-standing property dispute between the tribes. She believes Clinton would work to ensure that all families who were relocated get federal benefits that were offered for moving off their homeland.

Howard also says she hopes Clinton will get on board with Bernie Sanders' plan to provide free college tuition.

Justin Pallister, a 17-year-old from Meridian, Idaho, was eager to participate in his first election Tuesday.

Seventeen-year-olds are allowed to caucus in Idaho and several other states as long as they'll turn 18 before the Nov. 8 general election.

Pallister and 10 friends were rooting for a little-known candidate, San Diego businessman Rocky De La Fuente.

"He has a low chance of winning so we want to see if we can get him somewhere," Pallister said. "We have to go there and make people change their minds."

If De La Fuente quits the race, Pallister likely will support Bernie Sanders. Pallister's parents, like many of Idaho's established Democrats, are vying for Hillary Clinton. But Pallister likes what Sanders says about raising the minimum wage.

"He seeks equalization for everyone— for men, women and children and for gay people," Pallister said. "His morals seem to be in the right place, I guess."


Lynda Tanton/Johnson, a 57-year-old from South Jordan, Utah, said she plans to caucus for Donald Trump because he supports and donates to veterans' causes.

She said she's seen Trump choke up over the issue, and that's meaningful because several members of her family have served in the military.

Tanton/Johnson acknowledged Trump's bombastic style doesn't play as well among her friends and neighbors as it does in other conservative states.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is projected to win the GOP vote Tuesday in Utah, where a polite culture rooted in the Mormon faith prevails and political heavyweights have thrown their support behind Cruz as the best way to beat Trump.

Johnson is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and said she has questioned some of Trump's remarks before, but now she understands his meaning.

Retired firefighter Ron Huerta cast his ballot for Bernie Sanders at a Tucson, Arizona, library.

He said it was a tough decision because he also likes Hillary Clinton. But Huerta said he agrees with Sanders' plan to regulate big banks, and he hasn't heard Clinton focus on that or some of the other issues that matter to him.

Huerta said Sanders' stance on Medicare and how to help veterans and seniors resonated with him.

George Sabare, who is also retired, said he voted for Ted Cruz because he has more experience and is more reliable than other candidates.

Associated Press writer Felicia Fonseca in Cameron, Arizona; Astrid Galvan in Tucson, Arizona; Kate Haake in Boise, Idaho; and Lindsay Whitehurst in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.