Super Tuesday proved to be a busy night for St. Michael and Albertville. The cities saw a total of 1,076 caucus-goers at the towns’ two middle schools. 644 republicans descended upon Middle School East to caucus for their favorite of five presidential candidates, while 432 democrats cast their vote for either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
In the end, the two parties chose winners on near-complete opposite sides of the political spectrum. Local republicans favored Ted Cruz as their top choice of the night, capturing 267 of the 644 votes. Marco Rubio took a clear second place with 199 votes, and Donald Trump took third with 140 votes. Ben Carson and John Kasich trailed significantly, with 27 for Carson and 11 for Kasich.Local democrats gave the majority of their votes to Sanders, with 234 of St. Michael and Albertville’s 397 voters casting their ballots for him. Clinton captured 162 votes for the same area, and one voter remained uncommitted. Hanover democrats also caucused at Middle School West, and they too favored Sanders, with 25 votes to Clinton’s 10. Republicans in Hanover caucused elsewhere and those results are unknown at this time.
Though statewide results are still rolling in, thus far neither of STMA’s winners look to be the statewide winners. As of 9:30 p.m. tonight, Clinton is leading Sanders in Minnesota 56 percent to 42 percent. On the republican side, Rubio is having perhaps his best results in the nation here in Minnesota, currently in the lead at 37 percent. Cruz is second with 27 percent and Trump third with 21 percent. Carson currently has 9 percent and Kasich has 6.