March 12th Caucus Results
There were a handful of caucuses today, the most meaningful of which is the District of Columbia Republican caucus and the Wyoming Republican caucus. Ted Cruz came away the victor in Wyoming winning 9 delegates with Rubio and Trump picking up 1 a piece. Wyoming has more delegates beyond these twelve that will be allocated later during a convention. Democrats in the Northern Marianas Islands held their first presidential caucus which handed Hillary Clinton a victory. See results below.
Clinton: Northern Marianas Islands
District of Columbia Republican Caucus
Live Results: NYTimes
Northern Mariana Islands Democratic Caucus
Live Results: Politico
Wyoming Republican Caucus
Live Results: NYTimes
There was also voting in the U.S. territories of Guam and the Virginia Islands, but both of those contests produced unbound delegates, with the exception of one delegate for Ted Cruz in Guam.
Report from The Guardian:
Hillary Clinton added to her primary victories and Ted Cruz took an early lead in Wyoming on Saturday, as the state, two territories and Washington DC doled out delegates in Republican and Democratic races.
Clinton won the first-ever Democratic caucuses on the Northern Mariana Islands, with 102 total votes to 65 votes for Bernie Sanders. Clinton won four delegates, increasing her pledged delegate lead over Sanders to 223; an additional 22 votes were cast for “uncommitted”.
The tiny Pacific island represents Clinton’s 14th primary victory to Sanders’ nine and was the only Democratic contest held this weekend.
On Guam, where Republicans held their primary this weekend, Ted Cruz picked up a single delegate. The big winner, however, was reported as “uncommitted”. Guam’s unconventional system means that its six convention delegates do not have to announce their preferred candidate for two weeks, so that they can hear from all four Republican presidential campaigns.
In Wyoming, another state with an unconventional system for choosing delegates, caucusing began for a Republican candidate. Ted Cruz appeared to be headed for victory there, winning at least three delegates and nearly 60% of the vote with more than 13 of 23 precincts reporting. The state will decide 12 delegates on Saturday, another 14 delegates in a state convention in April, and three in a decision by party leaders.
Rubio trailed Cruz in Wyoming with around 30% of the vote, with Trump in third at 18%. Adding to the complicated nature of Wyoming’s primary process, the state has unusual rules about when its delegates go to this summer’s Republican convention, where a nominee will be anointed by the party.
The 29 delegates will go to the convention officially unbound to any candidate, though identified by a preferred choice. Only North Dakota and the territory of Guam have similar rules, which mean their delegates do not have to vote on the first ballot according to the results of their voters’ elections.
Results updated later when we have results out of Washington, DC.
The DC Republican caucus has been called for Rubio, but the results show Kasich not far behind in 2nd place. Cruz and Trump round out the field, respectively.
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