Preview Of Tonight's Caucuses And Primary

State: Minnesota Type of election: Caucus How it works: Caucus begins at 7 p.m. It is non-binding and the delegates selected tonight will advance to district or county conventions, which in turn elect state delegates, which then choose

State: Minnesota

Type of election: Caucus

How it works: Caucus begins at 7 p.m. It is non-binding and the delegates selected tonight will advance to district or county conventions, which in turn elect state delegates, which then choose national delegates. To participate "attendees must be eligible to vote in the next general election, live in the precinct, and be in general agreement with the principles of the political party." In the end, 40 delegates will be chosen.

Official election results: Minnesota Secretary of State

Republican candidates: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum (all others have dropped out or are polling at less than 1 percent)

Democratic candidates: Barack Obama

Previous performance: In 2008, Romney won the caucus with 41 percent of the vote. Paul finished fourth with 16 percent. Obama won the Democratic caucus with 66 percent of the vote.

Newspapers: Duluth News-Tribune, Minn Post, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, full list

Television stations: Full list

Progressive blogs: Bluestem Prairie, Minnesota Independent, Minnesota Progressive Project, MNPublius, Truth Surfer

Latest polling: Polling for today's contests has been sparse:

  • PPP: Santorum 33 percent, Romney 24, Gingrich 22, Paul 20

    Bottom line: Sparse polling makes this one a bit of a toss-up, but it seems likely that Santorum will stay alive after today and Gingrich could be hurt if he finishes last. A Romney victory could help him appear much stronger and help move him towards the nomination quicker.

    State: Missouri

    Type of election: Primary

    How it works: The primary does not count for delegates toward the Republican convention. The Missouri Republican Party will hold a caucus on March 17th, 2012, which will determine the delegates sent to the convention. In the end, 52 delegates will be chosen.

    Official election results: Missouri Secretary of State

    Republican candidates: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Newt Gingrich is not on the ballot. (All others have dropped out or are polling at less than 1 percent)

    Democratic candidates: Barack Obama

    Previous performance: In 2008, Romney finished third with 29 percent. Paul finished fourth with 4.5 percent. Obama won with 49 percent.

    Newspapers: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
    , full list

    Television stations: Full list

    Progressive blogs: Fired Up Missouri, PoliticMo, Show Me Progress

    Latest polling: Polling for today's contests has been sparse:

  • PPP: Santorum 45 percent, Romney 32, Paul 19

    Bottom line: Without Gingrich on the ballot, this one looks to be an easy victory for Santorum as the 'anti-Romney' candidate.

    State: Colorado

    Type of election: Caucus

    How it works: Today's vote is a non-binding straw poll. Delegates will be chosen for county conventions similar to Minnesota. In the end, 36 delegates will be chosen.

    Official election results: Colorado Secretary of State

    Republican candidates: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum (all others have dropped out or are polling at less than 1 percent)

    Democratic candidates: Barack Obama

    Previous performance: In 2008, Romney won with 60 percent. Paul finished fourth with 8 percent. Obama won the Democratic caucus with 67 percent.

    Newspapers: Denver Post, full list

    Television stations: Full list

    Progressive blogs: ColoradoPols, Square State

    Latest polling: Polling for today's contests has been sparse:

  • PPP: Romney 37 percent, Santorum 27, Gingrich 21, Paul 13

    Bottom line: Romney's up big in the one poll here, and anything less than a victory in this one could signal some trouble for him.

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