Marco Rubio wins Washington DC caucus, NBC News projects
Marco Rubio will win the Washington, D.C., caucus Saturday, NBC News projects.
It will mark Florida senator's third win in the presidential race. Rubio previously won the Minnesota caucus and the Puerto Rico primary.
Rubio got 37 percent, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 36 percent. Donald Trump got 14 percent and Ted Cruz got 12 percent, with 100 percent of the vote in.
Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Conant said on Twitter after the projection that the district is "embracing the future."
DC's changed a lot in last decade. It's a minority-majority city that's embracing the future. And today voted for it https://t.co/IlqSh9SzsM
— Alex Conant (@AlexConant) March 13, 2016
Trump is the Republican front-runner. He had 457 delegates before Saturday's caucus, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is in second with 364 delegates. Those numbers will change after delegates are allocated from D.C.'s caucus.
The win comes three days before one of the biggest days of the primary schedule in what could be called the second Super Tuesday.
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Five heavily populated states that allocate a large number of delegates vote, including North Carolina, Missouri and North Carolina.
Ohio and Florida, which give the winner of the state all delegates — the first winner-take-all contests in the primary season — will allot 165 delegates between the two of them.
Rubio is working for a win in his home state while Ohio Gov. John Kasich is hoping for a victory in his.
A win by either of them won't necessarily make it possible for them to win the 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination, but it will make it more difficult for Trump to reach that number.
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