U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz won the Republican presidential preference poll in Alaska late Tuesday, edging national GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
Trump came into the contest with the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was in third.
The party reported high voter turnout that far exceeded 2012 levels as thousands of Alaskans decided which of the remaining GOP presidential candidates would get their support. GOP spokeswoman Suzanne Downing said in an email that volunteers manning polling sites were somewhat overwhelmed by the "unbelievable" turnout.