Record caucus turnout in Minnesota, big Obama win here

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More than 200,000 DFLers and 60,000 Republicans turned out for Minnesota’s primaries last night, joining in the February frenzy of Super Tuesday. Minnesota Democrats chose Barack Obama by a two to one margin over Hillary Clinton. Their straw poll vote will bind Minnesota’s delegates to the national convention, though the exact number of delegates is hard to determine. Minnesota Republicans voted for Romney over McCain, but their vote was a non-binding “beauty contest.” For much more on-scene convention coverage, take a look at our Politics from the Precincts blog, at news coverage in the Politics section, and at the Free Speech Zone. Comment on the articles, send us your reports, send photos, and keep checking back throughout the day as we update coverage.

Nationally, the Star Tribune reports that Obama won 13 states and Clinton won eight plus American Samoa, bringing delegate totals to 845 for Clinton and 765 for Obama. CNN says the vote total is 845 to 732 and still counting – the winning number for a Democratic candidate is 2,025. Among Republicans, the Associated Press estimates 371 for McCain, 160 for Romney and 128 for Huckabee.

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