Sanders tops Clinton in Maine caucuses, Rubio wins Puerto Rico primary, CNN projects – CNN
Puerto Rico’s results are particularly key for Rubio, who campaigned there Saturday.
But that stop wasn’t just about Puerto Rico: Rubio’s campaign now largely hinges on taking first place in Florida’s March 15 99-delegate, winner-take-all primary — and the state’s Puerto Rican population could help there.
Rubio is trying to prevent Trump and Cruz from running away with the race. Through the first 19 contests, Trump has won 12 states and Cruz six — including two each on Saturday. Rubio, meanwhile, had only won Minnesota before winning Puerto Rico. And Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose state also holds a winner-take-all primary on March 15, is still seeking his first win.
Sanders had advantage in Maine
Sanders had an advantage in the state: He had already won in New Hampshire and Vermont, two nearby Northeastern states. He also racked up wins in two heavily white states — Nebraska and Kansas — on Saturday, though Clinton won in Louisiana.
Clinton and Sanders are squaring off Sunday night at a CNN Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan — the site of a water crisis that has led both to call for federal involvement — ahead of Michigan’s Tuesday primary.
Lines for the caucuses in Portland stretched at least a quarter mile, and the Maine Democratic Party was forced to make changes to the voting process. It allowed people to essentially cast an absentee ballot inside the caucus site instead of physically staying for a caucus count.