Rubio scores first victory, in Minnesota's caucuses

Marco RubioMarco RubioWill Republicans stand up to the NRA's insurrection rhetoric? The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Ivanka Trump turns to House GOP on paid family leave MORE is projected to win his first state of the presidential primary season, claiming victory Tuesday in the Minnesota caucuses.

The Associated Press called the race for the senator at 11:15 p.m. EST. 

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Rubio's win in Minnesota gives him a valuable point to promote for the next few weeks as he runs toward his must-win primary in his home state of Florida.
 
While not a huge boost to his delegate count, the victory allows Rubio to break what has been the most damaging storyline plaguing his candidacy so far – the notion that he is a media darling who continually falls short in electoral contests.
 
Leading into Super Tuesday, Rubio and his allies had targeted Virginia and Minnesota as two states in which they could beat GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpShould government 'outsource' censorship to Facebook and Twitter? Sanders: FBI's investigation of wife won’t be a ‘distraction’ Schiff: Obama's delayed response to Russian interference 'a very serious mistake' MORE. But the billionaire narrowly defeated Rubio in Virginia.
 
Rubio's win gives him a counterpoint to his rival Ted CruzTed CruzSenate Republicans reluctant to rush vote on healthcare bill Healthcare bill 'not the last step' to repealing ObamaCare, Republican says Dem senator: GOP's healthcare approach will 'devastate Medicaid' MORE as he tries to convince Republicans to unite around him as the only viable candidate to beat Trump.