The good news for Marco Rubio: He won his third primary contest on Saturday and broke a week-long delegate drought, which would normally give him a claim to momentum ahead of the crucial Florida primary on Tuesday. The bad news? The victory was in Washington, D.C., the focus point of Republican voters’ ire this year.
The Florida senator received 1,059 votes, or about 37 percent of the total, in the D.C. caucuses on Saturday. Ohio Governor John Kasich received only 50 votes fewer for about 35.5 percent. The two candidates will almost evenly split D.C.’s 19 delegates. Both Trump and Cruz fell below the 15-percent eligibility threshold and will receive no delegates.
Alex Conant, the Rubio campaign’s communications manager, sounded an upbeat note on Twitter.
DC's changed a lot in last decade. It's a minority-majority city that's embracing the future. And today voted for it https://t.co/IlqSh9SzsM— Alex Conant (@AlexConant) March 13, 2016
Marco won a lot of delegates tonight. #Marcomentum— Alex Conant (@AlexConant) March 13, 2016
Far from the nation’s capital, Texas Senator Ted Cruz emerged from Wyoming’s county conventions with nine of the twelve delegates available Saturday. Rubio and Trump also received one delegate each, and a third delegate was officially uncommitted. Wyoming allocates its 29 delegates at multiple county conventions throughout the spring.