Super Tuesday: How many delegates did candidates win in MN?


As the dust settles on Super Tuesday, the Republican and Democratic parties revealed how many delegates presidential candidates will take from the Minnesota caucuses.

Republican count

The Republican Party said Wednesday that with 96 percent of precincts reporting, Marco Rubio – who had the most votes at GOP caucuses on the night – will get 17 of the 38 Minnesotan delegates at the Republican National Convention later this year.

Ted Cruz, who finished second, will get 13 delegates while Donald Trump takes eight.

Ben Carson and John Kasich didn't get any, as they didn't get the 10 percent of the vote required to qualify for delegates.

To win the Republican nomination, a candidate needs to secure 1,237 delegates, and here's how the race looks as it stands.


Democratic count

The full count for the Democratic results aren't in just yet, but Capitol Chatter is predicting that the final result will be 47 delegates for Bernie Sanders and 30 for Clinton – there are 77 available.

Clinton, however, has the backing of the majority of Minnesota's 16 "Super Delegates," notable Democratic party members living in the state who have their own say on who they want to be the candidate at the Democratic National Convention. (They're not bound to vote for someone like the other 77 delegates.)

To get the nomination, a candidate needs 2,383 delegates. Here's how the national DFL picture looks ("unpledged" = super delegates).


Record turnout for GOP, near record for DFL

One of the running themes throughout Super Tuesday was the size of the turnout at the caucuses.

The Republican caucus swiftly beat its record turnout, and the Minnesota GOP confirmed the final tally of caucus participants was 115,000 – an increase of about 75 percent on its previous record of 65,000 in 2008.

Some caucus-goers in Edina told BringMeTheNews Tuesday night that part of the reason they turned out was to vote against Donald Trump, while others suggested a backlash against Hillary Clinton was a factor.

The Minnesota GOP said voters were "motivated by the fallout from seven years of the Obama-Clinton agenda," as well as being "inspired by our candidates."

After 86 percent reporting there were just over 185,000 votes counted from the DFL caucus, which suggests the final tally will get somewhere near to the 214,000 record seen in 2008.


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