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Rubio Wins D.C. GOP Convention, Edging Kasich By Just 50 Votes

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., waves as he boards his bus after a campaign stop in Lakeland, Fla., Saturday, March 12, 2016. Rubio took the majority of the delegates in D.C.
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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., waves as he boards his bus after a campaign stop in Lakeland, Fla., Saturday, March 12, 2016. Rubio took the majority of the delegates in D.C.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio narrowly won the District of Columbia's Republican caucuses on Saturday, seizing his third primary season victory as a critical contest looms in his home state.

Party officials in the nation's capital say Rubio picked up 10 delegates with his Saturday caucus win in the nation's capital with 37 percent of the ballot. Runner-up John Kasich was just 50 votes behind Rubio at 36 percent, and the Ohio governor will get nine delegates.

None of the other candidates in the race won enough votes to earn any delegates from the contest, in which 2,839 votes were cast. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump was third with 14 percent of the vote and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz followed with 12 percent, according to the results.

Rubio previously won the GOP caucuses in Minnesota and the party primary in Puerto Rico. Fueled in part by anxiety over Trump, District Republicans flocked to a downtown hotel Saturday to cast ballots in the city's first-of-its-kind presidential convention.

Some voters waited in line for more than three hours to cast ballots. The convention had to be extended because hundreds of GOP voters who remained in line at 4 p.m. Saturday, when polls were scheduled to close for most voting groups. The last of those waiting in line voted about 7:15 p.m. though an opportunity remained for any Orthodox Jews to vote after sundown.

The District has just 27,000 registered Republicans. Local party leaders say they're thrilled with the turnout at the convention, which functions like a primary at a single precinct.

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