By Esme Murphy

Photo Gallery: Minnesota Caucuses Bring Out Droves Of Super Tuesday Voters

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s DFL Party chair says the turnout on Super Tuesday is so heavy, it is possible it will approach 2008’s record turnout of 220,000 voters.

Party Chair Ken Martin says only a handful of precincts have run out of ballots, and voting has been orderly despite the very heavy turnout.

Party officials are counting the results that are being phoned and emailed in from around the state.

The long lines curled into the 14 separate caucuses at St. Paul’s Central High School. Gov. Mark Dayton was among those who braved the lines there, filling out his ballot for Hillary Clinton, for whom he campaigned.

Voters we saw were good natured about the wait, even when the precinct ran out of ballots. Voters were given index cards cut in half and told to write down their candidate’s name.

Martin defends his party’s planning efforts.

“It’s a little too soon to say that we weren’t prepared. If we start seeing similar results throughout the state throughout the evening, then I think you could say we didn’t prepare for this large of a turnout,” Martin said.

The DFL is saying the results could take a long time to come in because of the heavy turnout. Anyone who was in line when the caucuses ended at 8 p.m. was allowed to vote.

Esme Murphy