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Minnesotans flock to caucuses, deliver wins to Rubio and Sanders

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Super Tuesday of 2016 was a night when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump solidified their frontrunner status nationally around the country.

But ultimately Minnesotans delivered the biggest pieces of their Super Tuesday delegate pie to Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bernie Sanders.

In Minnesota it was a night when more Republicans went to their precinct caucuses than ever before. The GOP party said it broke its state attendance record.

Minnesota became the first state where Rubio managed a first-place finish. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Rubio supporter, told the Star Tribune Minnesota amounted to a bellwether state, showing that Trump's momentum could be stopped.

Meanwhile the DFL chair said that his party probably won't break a highwater mark, but they'll still have a "big" night, according to KARE 11's John Croman.

The Pioneer Press notes that Sanders had predicted his populist campaign would benefit from a large turnout.

If you want a detailed rundown of what happened, as results came in, check out our live updates story from Tuesday night.

Some long wait times

The big caucus crowds made for long waits both inside the caucuses and on the roads and parking lots outside of them at some locations.

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There were reports of caucus leaders running out of ballots to hand out to the unexpectedly large crowds and having to improvise.

There were also at least a couple accounts of people running into problems while trying to caucus.

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State Rep. Pat Garofalo thought the issues were bad enough that he wants to propose switching to a primary system. Here's his statement, from MinnPost's Brianna Bierschbach.

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Candidates with most face time finish 1st

Sanders and Rubio each spent more time in Minnesota than their rivals did during the weeks leading up the caucuses.

Sanders made three appearances in the state within four days. Rubio was the only Republican candidate to open a campaign office in the state and visited the Twin Cities area on two straight Tuesdays, including the day of the caucuses.

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Democrat Hillary Clinton also made a Minnesota appearance on Tuesday, visiting a coffee shop and a market in Minneapolis.

The Washington Post notes Clinton acknowledged Donald Trump could be on his way to the Republican nomination.

She also had an exchange with a young Somali-American woman who approached Clinton at the Midtown Global Market to ask her about the lack of diversity among elected officials, The Hills reports. After Clinton mentioned Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame, the young woman said he lacks authenticity, The Hills says, and when asked why she didn't run for something herself, the unidentified woman made a hasty departure.

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