By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Bernie Sanders didn’t just win Tuesday night, he won big in every Minnesota Congressional district.

Sanders routed Hillary Clinton in a contest that almost everyone thought would be a close one.

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Sanders predicted he would do well if the turnout was big, and it was. There were long lines at caucuses across the state. A number of precincts even ran out of ballots, allowing voters to write in their choice on index cards.

Sanders win came despite the fact that every prominent elected official in the state, including the Governor and Sen. Klobuchar, all endorsed Clinton.

The DFL Party Chair, who also had endorsed Clinton, insisted the results are not an embarrassment for the DFL establishment.

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“I don’t think it’s an embarrassment to anyone. Whether you support Secretary Clinton or Senator Sanders personally, you can be proud of what happened here in Minnesota tonight,” Ken Martin said.

Sanders did have the endorsement of Congressman Keith Ellison, who campaigned hard for him. He also channeled a wave of enthusiastic youthful supporters into caucus goers who delivered.

Martin said in a recent press release that no matter what the Minnesota DFL party is committed to electing a Democrat to be president.

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“March 1 was truly Super Tuesday in Minnesota. With more than 15,000 volunteers at 4,100 precinct caucus sites, we ensured the night went smoothly for the thousands of people attending their DFL precinct caucuses. No matter which precinct caucus they attended, I would like to thank everyone who came out and made their voice heard at their precinct caucus,” Martin said in a recent press release.

Esme Murphy