Sanders, Rubio Take Wins In Minnesota

10:35 p.m. — Minnesota Republicans say they set a record for turnout in Tuesday’s precinct caucuses.

Spokeswoman Katie Boyd says the party has counted 79,000 participants so far with only about 70 percent of results in. She says that is 15,000 more than in the record year of 2008.

Democrats also reported very heavy turnout Tuesday but haven’t yet given numbers.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio scored his first victory in Minnesota and Vermont Sen.

Bernie Sanders picked up a much-needed victory on the Democratic side.

10:24 p.m. — Bernie Sanders has captured a critical win in Minnesota’s caucuses. 

The Vermont Democrat beat Hillary Clinton to take the largest share of the state’s available delegates. Sanders had put a sharp focus on Minnesota’s contest, making several stops in the days before the Tuesday’s vote.

Minnesota was one of 12 states hosting presidential votes in a day dubbed Super Tuesday. Minnesota had 77 delegates up for grabs, but Sanders won’t win them all.

The party’s caucus system awards them proportionally based on each candidate’s share of the vote.

Sanders’ path to the nomination relies on wins in caucus states like Minnesota, where the voting format favors candidates with strongly committed supporters.

But a bulk of party superdelegates have already committed to Clinton.

10:16 p.m. — Marco Rubio has won Minnesota’s Republican caucuses. 

The Florida senator chipped away at Donald Trump’s sizable lead in the march to the GOP presidential nomination by landing the largest share of Minnesota’s delegates Tuesday. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was vying for second place.

Minnesota was one of 12 states holding presidential votes on the day dubbed Super Tuesday.

Minnesota has 38 delegates, but Rubio won’t claim them all. The state’s caucus system awards them proportionally based on each candidate’s share of the vote.

Rubio was the only Republican to visit Minnesota this year ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

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