Washington, March 7: Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Sunday won
the Republican primary in Puerto Rico, his second victory in this
primary season after Minnesota, his only high point on Super
Tuesday on March 1.
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Rubio in fact swept Puerto Rico, winning 71 per cent of the votes. Donald Trump, the front-runner in this year's presidential race, could manage just 13 per cent while Ted Cruz and John Kasich won nine and one per cent, respectively. With this victory, Rubio won all 23 delegates that were up for grabs from this island territory.
This victory gave Rubio a much-needed relief in a race which was looking to go beyond his reach.
Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Maine, taking his tally of states to 8
Puerto Rico has roughly 3.7 million residents and could help Rubio in his home state's primary. More than one million Puerto Ricans reside in Florida.
After the Puerto Rico primary, Trump leads the race with 384 delegates followed by Cruz (300), Rubio (151) and Kasich (37). For nomination, a Republican candidate has to win 1,237 delegates.
Sanders beats Hillary Clinton in Maine caucuses
On the other hand, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic caucuses against Hillary Clinton on Sunday. Sanders got 64.3 per cent votes as against Hillary's 35.5 per cent. Sanders has now 499 delegates while Hillary's tally is 1,130 (including the superdelegates). The Vermont Senator has now won in eight states as against Hillary's 11.