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Super Tuesday: Updates from the MN caucuses as Rubio and Sanders win

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We have live updates of tonight's Minnesota caucus below, you can get the latest update by clicking "Refresh." You can also follow on Twitter with the hashtag #GoMNVote.

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11:45 p.m. Super Tuesday summary

BringMeTheNews is bidding you all good night. We'll have more coverage on the final tallies from today's caucuses and the fallout on the website on Wednesday and beyond so be sure to check it out.

Here's a summary of what happened today:

  • Marco Rubio wins GOP caucus, his only state win on Super Tuesday.
  • Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton to DFL caucus win, his 4th of the night.
  • Hillary Clinton (7 states so far) and Donald Trump (7 states) the big Super Tuesday winners.
  • Record Republican caucus turnout in Minnesota, 112,000 and still counting.
  • Big turnout led to crowding/parking problems in some precincts.

11:35 p.m. Will Minnesota's winners last much longer?

Given how the rest of the evening has shaken out, it's looking very likely that the two winners of the Minnesota caucuses will not be contesting the Presidential election come November.

Commentators and Republican leaders are already suggesting Marco Rubio scrap his campaign, with rival Ted Cruz saying his supporters should throw their weight behind his campaign in a bid to stop Donald Trump.

https://twitter.com/FiveThirtyEight/status/704897552286527488

Bernie Sanders' won in Minnesota, Colorado, Vermont and Oklahoma on Super Tuesday, which certainly buys him more time in the race, but with Clinton still outstripping him for wins tonight – and with many more super delegates believed to be in her pocket – he still faces an uphill battle to secure the nomination.

But that said, stranger things have happened.

https://twitter.com/ForecasterEnten/status/704876434532208641?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

11:20 p.m. 112,000 Republican caucus participants counted so far

What a turnout for the Republican Party in Minnesota, which with 92 percent of precincts reported is on track to almost double its record caucus turnout.

https://twitter.com/mngop/status/704897489615380480

The Democratic turnout is also said to be excellent, but possibly not record breaking, could this have a bearing come November's elections?

11:10 p.m. Clinton wins American Samoa

It's the win she really wanted, Hillary Clinton has secured a highly coveted victory in American Samoa!

https://twitter.com/AP_Politics/status/704895931901206529

In all seriousness, American Samoa is the only territory taking part in Super Tuesday, and the caucus/primaries is the only time when American Samoans are able to have a real impact in the U.S. political process.

Romper.com explains what differentiates American Samoa from other U.S. territories here.

11:05 p.m. Trump beats Kasich in Vermont

John Kasich has rarely featured in the race so far, but the Ohio Governor had a real chance in Vermont.

Unfortunately for him, he came up against Donald Trump, who has taken his 7th state of the night in what was a tight race, according to AP projections.

https://twitter.com/AP/status/704894369426489344

https://twitter.com/bgittleson/status/704894938048307204

10:55 p.m. Did MN Sanders voters reject DFL establishment?

DFL Chair Ken Martin has congratulated Bernie Sanders on his now all-but-confirmed victory in Minnesota.

https://twitter.com/minnesotadfl/status/704889422341275648

He has however rejected the notion that in voting for Sanders, Minnesotans are "repudiating" the DFL establishment, with many of Minnesota's leading Democrats, including Gov. Mark Dayton and Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, backing Hillary Clinton.

https://twitter.com/esmemurphy/status/704890459987058689

10:45 p.m. Minnesota Green Party, Independence Party make their choices

The Democratic and Republican parties aren't the only ones selecting their preferred presidential candidates on Super Tuesday.

The Green Party of Minnesota has overwhelmingly voted Jill Stein to be the candidate at this year's presidential elections.

https://twitter.com/MnGreens/status/704884625458511872

You can read more about her policies here.

Voters in the Independence Party of Minnesota chose former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg as their preferred candidate – even though he's not said if he's running yet.

https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaIP/posts/970308186355674

10.40 p.m. Did state visits secure the win?

Both Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders have been almost omnipresent in Minnesota this past two weeks, making several appearances around the state.

Now, they will have had access to polling suggesting that Minnesota was winnable for them, but did making an effort to speak with voters directly push them over the line?

Here's how the delegate split is currently looking for Sanders and Clinton.

https://twitter.com/timpugmire/status/704887607272996865

10:30 p.m. Sanders wins Minnesota DFL caucus

Results from the DFL caucuses have been slower coming in than the GOP one, but now the Associated Press and ABC News are among those calling it for Bernie Sanders, his 4th state win of the evening.

https://twitter.com/kare11/status/704885510800547840

10:20 p.m. Rubio wins GOP backing in Minnesota

It's been leaning that way for a while now, and both Fox News and the Associated Press is calling Minnesota for Marco Rubio, with Ted Cruz second and Donald Trump third.

It's Rubio's first state win of the race, and he's been telling supporters tonight he's confident of winning Florida, his home state, even though he's been trailing Trump in the polls.

https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/704881551419412480

https://twitter.com/AP_Politics/status/704882861380395008

10:15 p.m. Clinton wins Massachusetts/Sanders wins Colorado

Hillary Clinton has scooped her 7th state of the evening with a win in Massachusetts.

https://twitter.com/HuffPostPol/status/704881911555080192

Bernie Sanders meanwhile has hit back, taking Colorado, according to AP, and is looking good for a win in Minnesota.

https://twitter.com/MPRnews/status/704883032180858880

https://twitter.com/TimBlotzFOX9/status/704883321092739074

10:10 p.m. Caucus turnout causes problems, primary next?

"After half an hour looking for parking I gave up and went home. I planned on caucusing for Hillary. I do not understand how caucusing can be a good way to select candidates when people cannot participate."

Those are the comments of Greg Hawkinson, who described on the BringMeTheNews Facebook page his experiences at tonight's caucus.

Expect this to be one of the major follow-ups to tonight's caucuses, and already Republican State Rep. Pat Garafalo has indicated he will put forward a bill to change Minnesota's candidate selection from a caucus to a primary (where people have all day to vote).

https://twitter.com/bbierschbach/status/704879465113911296

10 p.m. What's motivating the turnout?

As Janet Ridge commented below, some voters turned out to the GOP caucuses just to vote against Donald Trump, but there identity of the GOP's opponent come November has also provided motivation.

Wayne Wenger, vice chair of Senate District R49, told BringMeTheNews some of the huge turnout is "probably a reaction against Hillary."

On the DFL side, BMTN's Adam Uren spoke with 52-year-old St. Paulite Maiya Grath, who said she respected Sanders' ideals but was voting for Clinton because she realistically believes she can get more done as President.

9:55 p.m. More from MN GOP caucus/Rubio dead in water?

Our news producer Shaymus McLaughlin stayed at the Edina caucus until the bitter end and has picked out a few comments from voters to share.

Janet Ridge, 56-years old, volunteered to help check people in, and said that of the 37 people in her precinct, more than half were first-time caucus-goers. Also, three said they were there just to vote AGAINST Trump.

Some GOP politicians are suggesting now that even if Marco Rubio wins Minnesota tonight, it may not be enough for his campaign to continue.

https://twitter.com/jonward11/status/704872953457020929

Rubio's still winning with 70 percent reporting:

https://twitter.com/courtneygodfrey/status/704876449715585024

But as the Pioneer Press points out, GOP candidates get most of their Minnesota delegates based on the proportion of votes they get in the state's eight Congressional Districts, and at the moment Rubio isn't doing enough to get a majority, meaning he could end up with only marginally more delegates tonight than Cruz and Trump.

https://twitter.com/dhmontgomery/status/704876073213784064

9:40 p.m. Update on the GOP race

Here's the latest with more than half of precincts now reporting in Minnesota.

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And, as we predicted below, the DFL is now suggesting a record-breaking turnout in Minnesota.

9:35 p.m. Trump projected to win Arizona

Trump claims his sixth state of the night with a win in Arizona, according to CBS.

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/704872241222254593

The New York Times has a running list of how many delegates each candidate has gained tonight, with Trump so far gaining 139 Republican delegates for 221 overall. To win the GOP race, a candidate needs to reach 1,237 delegates.

For the Democrats, Clinton has increased her delegate numbers by 335 tonight by virtue of her win in six states for 426 overall, while Sanders has increased 145 so far for 210. Some 2,383 delegates are needed to win the Democratic nomination.

9:30 p.m. Record turnout for GOP caucuses

Republican leaders in Minnesota are projecting a record turnout for tonight's caucuses, estimating between 75,000 and 100,000 turning out, beating the previous record comfortably.

https://twitter.com/jennifermayerle/status/704870334806228992

Judging by comments seen regarding turnout at the DFL caucuses, some records could fall for the Democrats as well.

9:25 p.m. Sanders stretches lead

Still early days in the Democratic race in Minnesota, but MPR's Tim Pugmire reports Sanders is stretching his lead.

https://twitter.com/timpugmire/status/704869352416288768

The Star Tribune wrote this piece explaining how Sanders thinks he has a real shot at winning Minnesota – hence his decision to campaign here three times in four days.

Of course, Bernie Sanders got his first real inkling of how powerful his campaign would grow to become when he paid a visit to the Land of 10,000 Lakes last year. You can read more about that here.

9:15 p.m: Two-horse race between Rubio, Cruz

More than a third of results from the GOP caucuses are now in and it's looking like a two-horse race between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Of course, there's still time for that time change, but with 34 percent in Donald Trump is some way behind and looks unlikely to add another state to the five he's already won.

https://twitter.com/mngop/status/704867677597085696

9:10 p.m. Results from Grant County

Grant County, in West Central Minnesota, is the only precinct in Minnesota to have reported results from both the GOP and DFL caucuses to the MN Secretary of State's Office.

It was a tight race on the GOP side, with Donald Trump winning on 43 votes, ahead of Ted Cruz on 40, Marco Rubio on 38, Ben Carson on 33, and John Kasich on 6.

Bernie Sanders won the DFL precinct, with 61 votes over Clinton's 45.

9:05 p.m. Scenes from the caucuses

Here are some good images from Minnesota House Majority Leader Kurt Daudt.

https://twitter.com/mngop/status/704863083387224065

And here's a couple from the Pioneer Press.

https://twitter.com/dhmontgomery/status/704840667797676032

https://twitter.com/vmcooney/status/704860049689083904

8:55 p.m. Rubio bites back

You know what? I've realized it's pointless reporting someone as "leading" after just 3 percent of precincts have declared, because now about 10 percent have declared and it's no longer Ted Cruz in the lead in Minnesota, it's Marco Rubio.

https://twitter.com/mngop/status/704863083387224065

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Rubio's wins include Edina, where BMTN's Shaymus McLaughlin has just shared the result – and noting a "record turnout," something we expect will be a common theme throughout the night

https://twitter.com/ShaymusKM/status/704862538786279424

8:50 p.m. Cruz, Sanders have early lead

There's only 3 percent or precincts reporting in the GOP race so far, but at this point Ted Cruz is leading from Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.

https://twitter.com/mngop/status/704860048283971584

Bernie Sanders meanwhile is ahead out of the 3.75 percent of DFL precincts reporting so far, with most of these coming from the north of the state (where Sanders has been campaigning hard).

https://twitter.com/TimBlotzFOX9/status/704860849979170817

8:40 p.m. Results start arriving

It's very early days, but some precinct wards are reporting their caucus results and there's some cheer for Bernie Sanders supporters.

https://twitter.com/TimBlotzFOX9/status/704858558639247361

https://twitter.com/SueFromStPaul/status/704857940415492097

https://twitter.com/jpcoolican/status/704857262536286208

There's also one or two GOP results floating around.

https://twitter.com/seifertmn/status/704858536195411969

https://twitter.com/emmamarienelson/status/704858717297180672

8:35 p.m. Some more comments from the caucuses

Our reporter Shaymus McLaughlin is still at the GOP caucus in Edina.

https://twitter.com/ShaymusKM/status/704856675841277952

https://twitter.com/ShaymusKM/status/704857923957055489

Also, here's some more from the DFL caucus in Highland Park.

Retired Laurie Hamre, of St. Paul, told BringMeTheNews she is pleased that the Democratic debates between Clinton and Sanders have been largely about the issues, rather than the "mud-slinging" she associates with this year's GOP debates.

8:30 p.m. Early GOP results arriving soon

Minnesota GOP chair Keith Downey says he expects the first GOP caucus results for Minnesota in 15-30 minutes, but the full count is expected to be a bit later than expected – a hangover from tonight's big turnout.

https://twitter.com/jennifermayerle/status/704855608260993024

https://twitter.com/karlahult/status/704855881394081792

8:25 p.m. Sanders wins Oklahoma, is Minnesota feeling the Bern?

NBC is projecting Bernie Sanders has picked up his second win of the night, adding Oklahoma to his earlier Vermont victory.

Minnesota has been mooted as a possible Sanders victory given his core supporters tend to be young and white, with Minnesota having the second highest proportion of white voters out of all the states on Super Tuesday.

This tweeter suggested there's plenty of support for the Democratic Socialist in Isanti/Isanti Township.

https://twitter.com/ElliePerlMusic/status/704853705162534914

8:20 p.m. Crowds, crowds, everywhere!

This is turning out to be one gigantic caucus, with precincts across the state filling up, with lines forming inside and outside caucus building, as well as the roads around them.

Our sports producer Aaron Ziemer said the scenes were similar in his home town of Marshall, MN, where he said the Republican caucus had upward of 600 people and Democrats over 1,000 in attendance.

https://twitter.com/JimmyKnutson/status/704838867233415168

https://twitter.com/julienelsonkare/status/704848073046904832

https://twitter.com/scoopwalsh/status/704851966405378048

https://twitter.com/peggyflanagan/status/704854507872583680

8:15 p.m. Counting underway; Cruz wins OK?

8 p.m. was the cut off for preference ballots so now the counting is underway in Minnesota, with the DFL chair Ken Martin saying early Democrat results should be coming our way shortly.

That said, there's some huge lines in some caucus locations, but Martin says as long as people are in line by 8 p.m. they will be able to submit their ballot.

https://twitter.com/kenmartin73/status/704849685299630080

Meanwhile, CBS is projecting that Ted Cruz has won Oklahoma, which would make it his second win of the night after taking Texas.

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/704850971621363716

8 p.m. First time caucus voter speaks

https://twitter.com/AdamUren/status/704836680323190784

BringMeTheNews reporter Adam Uren has just returned from the DFL caucus at Highland Park Middle School in St. Paul, where he spoke with 17-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter Eleanor Rose, who will have turned 18 by the time November's elections come around.

"I came to caucus because I think Millennials are extremely underrepresented, and it's our future we're voting about," she told BringMeTheNews. "Bernie Sanders I think has made this a prominent part of his campaign and he's also made a big effort with Black Lives Matter."

"I'm going to college so this is going to affect me, and in the future I want people with the brains for college but can't afford it to be able to go."

7:45 p.m. Long lines lead to late starts for some MN caucuses

At some locations caucus-goers were still getting seated more than half an hour after the scheduled start time.

https://twitter.com/RihamFeshir/status/704843559640248320

https://twitter.com/Mrao_Strib/status/704842068565176320

The long lines were not limited to the inside of the caucus locations. Some people trying to attend their meetings were stuck in traffic or hiking from cars parked in distant locations.

https://twitter.com/peterncox/status/704842785719865344

https://twitter.com/TJErickson/status/704839823765475328

The heavy crowds also meant that when presidential preference ballots were passed out, there sometimes were not enough to go around. Caucus organizers took to improvising.

https://twitter.com/esmemurphy/status/704842826257838080

https://twitter.com/CraigNorkus/status/704842764215652352

7:30 p.m. Trump takes Alabama, Tennessee; Clinton Arkansas

The Associated Press is among those projecting Donald Trump the winner in Alabama and Tennessee. The Los Angeles Times is wondering if Trump may run the table, but says he's in close races with Ted Cruz in Oklahoma, with Marco Rubio in Virginia, and with John Kasich in Vermont.

https://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP/status/704841445354635264

7:05 p.m. Two southern states called for Clinton, Massachusetts for Trump

https://twitter.com/AP/status/704833690359222274

Networks have also projected Clinton the winner in Georgia and Virginia, while Bernie Sanders is said to have taken his home state, Vermont.

Among Republicans, Donald Trump is the projected winner in Georgia and Massachusetts, while Virginia and Vermont are still too close to call.

6:50 p.m. Long lines at many sites

https://twitter.com/Ashley_Hanley1/status/704831445521473536

https://twitter.com/arburnside/status/704829693237731329

https://twitter.com/TimBlotzFOX9/status/704829680952545280

https://twitter.com/democracy/status/704830671689224195

Networks projecting winners in Eastern states

Soon after the polls closed in eastern primary states, television networks began projecting the winners of some races.

On the Democratic side, CNN reports Bernie Sanders is the winner in his home state of Vermont, while Hillary Clinton has claimed both Georgia and Virginia.

Among Republicans, both CBS and NBC called Donald Trump the winner in Georgia

Click here for more information on how the caucuses work and what’s at stake, and click here for a history of caucuses in Minnesota.

For more information on the Democratic candidates, click here, or here for details on the Republicans.

Super Tuesday states

There are 12 states selecting their Democratic candidates on Super Tuesday, and 11 selecting their Republican candidate.

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will hold contests for both Republicans and Democrats. Republicans in Alaska will hold caucuses, while Democrats in Colorado and American Samoa are holding their nominating contests.

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