Rubio scores first victory, in Minnesota's caucuses

Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioAna Navarro lashes out at Rubio for calling outrage over Trump's 'go back' tweet 'self righteous' US-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite 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 John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE. But the billionaire narrowly defeated Rubio in Virginia.
 
Rubio's win gives him a counterpoint to his rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTed Cruz: 'Fox News went all in for Trump' 2 Republican senators introduce resolution to label antifa as domestic terrorists Ted Cruz: Trump's chances of winning reelection are '50-50' MORE as he tries to convince Republicans to unite around him as the only viable candidate to beat Trump.