Super Tuesday results for the region

The Democratic presidential preference primary was held last night in Minnesota, as well as in 13 other states across the country.

Former Vice President Joe Biden won the state, according to reports.

On a county level, 1,720 votes were cast for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Beltrami County, or almost 39 percent.

Biden was second with 1,450 votes at almost 33 percent. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren only won 407 votes, just over 9 percent.

Of the votes cast on the Republican ballots, 1,510 were cast for current president Donald Trump, which equates to almost 99 percent. There were 21 write-ins on the Republican ballots.

Of all 5,954 ballots cast in Beltrami County, with 24,160 registered voters as of 7 a.m. yesterday, voter turnout for the primary was just under 25 percent.

In Hubbard County, Biden led the DFL ballots with 788 votes, Sanders won 421, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg won 209. Over 1100 Republican ballots were cast for Trump, with 20 write-ins.

Of all 2,957 ballots cast in Hubbard County, with 13,280 registered voters as of 7 a.m. March 3, that leaves a voter turnout of about 22 percent.

In Cass County, Biden led with 903 DFL ballots, Sanders was second at 615, and Bloomberg was third at 371. Almost 2,000 Republican ballots were cast for Trump, with 16 write-ins.

Of all 4,528 ballots cast in Cass County, with 18,770 reported registered voters, that leaves a voter turnout of about 24 percent.

In Clearwater County, Biden again led the DFL ballots with 251 votes, Sanders second with 129, and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was third with 45 votes cast. On Clearwater Republican ballots, 519 were cast for Trump with 8 write-ins.

Of all 1,027 primary ballots cast in Clearwater County, with 4,643 registered voters, that leaves a voter turn out of about 22 percent.

This was the state’s first binding primary since 1956. In the last presidential election year in 2016, there was a straw poll caucus in Minnesota, similar to what is done in Iowa.

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon reports that statewide, 885,000 ballots were cast, which represents about 21.7 percent voter turnout. Simon reports that is a 177 percent increase over caucus participation.

Biden won the state despite never visiting or spending campaign dollars in Minnesota, but many political analysts say he was likely boosted by the recent endorsements of Klobuchar and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

As of press time, Bloomberg dropped out of the race this morning, and also plans to endorse Biden.

According to Minnesota DFL communications director Brian Evans, Minnesota’s 75 delegates will be split three ways: Biden will receive 38, Sanders will receive 27 and Warren received 10.

These story has been updated to show figures from the Secretary of State’s comparison of this year’s primary to the 2016 caucus. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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