There was very little polling to predict the outcome of the Missouri GOP primary leading up to Tuesday, making it difficult to predict the outcome of the Show-Me State, and with very good reason.
Pollsters would have likely been hard-pressed to make an accurate prediction in the Missouri primary on Tuesday with the race being still too close to call going into the wee hours.
There were 52 delegates at stake in Missouri (40 district, 12 statewide) on Tuesday and with 100% of precincts reporting, bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump had a minuscule lead of only 0.2% over constitutional conservative Ted Cruz , 40.9% to 40.7%, a virtual tie.
The GOP Missouri Primary winner has not yet been declared. It has been deemed to be too close to call. Tomorrow, the state will count provisional and absentee ballots. A close vote margin recount will be triggered if the final tally has a difference of less than 0.5% between first and second place. At that time, candidates can request the recount.
Although the Missouri delegate allocation is proportional, there is a 12 delegate difference in what is awarded between first and second place.
(Matthew Burke contributed to this story.)