Campaigns Brief: Super … Saturday?

In today’s edition: How to watch this weekend’s Democratic and Republican contests; Rubio the only Republican on TV in weekend states; W. Va. Dem candidate’s company fined $1 million; Stenehjem leads N.D. governor race; outside money wins judicial races in Ark.; BridgeGate law firm overbilled N.J.

How to Watch Saturday, Sunday Contests

Voters in five states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico get to have their say in the Democratic and Republican presidential nominating contest this weekend, when another 134 Democratic and 163 Republican delegates are up for grabs.

Here’s a look at the states voting this weekend, when to expect results and just what those results might be:

Type of contest: Caucus
Democratic delegates available: 33
Republican delegates available: 37

Republicans in Kansas begin caucusing at 11 a.m. Eastern on Saturday. Democrats hold their caucuses at 4 p.m. Eastern¬†— the same time the Kansas Jayhawks tip off against the Iowa State Cyclones, a point of contention on campus.

Type of contest: Primary
Democratic delegates available: 51
Republican delegates available: 43

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern, though thousands of Louisiana voters have already cast their ballots early. The state seems tailor-made for Donald Trump; Pat Buchanan won the Republican primary here in 1996, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won in 2008 and Santorum beat Romney by 22 points in 2012. Trump drew about 10,000 people to a rally at LSU last month.

Type of contest: Caucus (Republican only)
Republican delegates available: 43

Voters can turn out to their caucus sites any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to cast a ballot, so it’s not a real caucus in the traditional sense. They can choose from any of eleven candidates on the ballot, including Paul and six others who have dropped out. But don’t expect immediate results: The Kentucky Republican Party says it won’t release any numbers until at least 7 p.m. Eastern.

Type of contest: Caucus (Democratic only)
Democratic delegates available: 25

Nebraska Democrats are caucusing for the second time in their history, after voting for Obama by a two-to-one margin in 2008. Meeting times vary by county, but the last caucuses should end by 9 p.m. Eastern.

Type of contest: Caucus
Democratic delegates available: 25
Republican delegates available: 20

Republicans in Maine will meet at 22 locations across the state on Saturday to cast paper ballots. Voting times vary, but the final sites will close their doors at 7 p.m. Eastern. Democrats get their chance to caucus on Sunday between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern.

Puerto Rico
Type of contest: Primary (Republican only)
Republican delegates available: 20

Polls are open for Republican voters between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. None of the Republican candidates have actually made it down to Puerto Rico this year, unlike in 2008, when both Clinton and Obama stumped around the island.

Read our full breakdown of this weekend’s contests here.

Who’s Spending On TV

The candidates have spent just $1.6 million on television and radio ads in states that vote this weekend. Here’s who has spent, and where:

Candidate     KS    LA    NE    ME
Rubio        $103k  $98k
Clinton      $169k $104k $407k $104k
Clinton PAC         $78k
Sanders      $180k       $355k
Total        $452k $280k $762k $104k

None of the candidates ran any advertising in Kentucky or Puerto Rico.

In The States

West Virginia: U.S. District Court Judge Irene Berger on Friday ordered Justice Energy, owned by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice, to pay $1.23 million in fines for contempt of court. The charge comes from an unpaid debt of $150,000, owed to a construction equipment company. Justice Energy paid the debt on Feb. 15. Republicans hope they can paint Justice, the wealthiest man in West Virginia, as the Democratic version of Mitt Romney.

The state Senate has passed a measure limiting the types of food SNAP and WIC recipients can purchase. The bill seeks to limit those benefits to healthy food, though some opponents said it would limit the available options in rural counties with few grocery stores. About one in five West Virginians get SNAP benefits.

North Dakota: Fifty-nine percent of North Dakota Republicans say they support Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R) in the race to replace retiring Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R), while 10 percent back Fargo businessman Doug Burgum (R), according to a new DFM Research poll. Stenehjem, Burgum and state Rep. Rick Becker (R) are vying for the state GOP endorsement at the April 1-3 convention. Sixty-three percent of Republicans say their state is headed in the right direction.

Kansas: Just 25 percent of Kansans are satisfied with Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) job performance, a new Fort Hays State University poll finds, while 69 percent say they’re dissatisfied. Even President Obama, at 28 percent, has a higher rating in deep-red Kansas. But 56 percent say they’re satisfied with Sen. Jerry Moran (R), who faces re-election later this year.

Arkansas: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) says he supports ending elections for appellate court seats after out-of-state groups dumped more than $1 million into races for two state Supreme Court seats. Hutchinson says he expects legislation to end appellate judicial elections next year. The Republican State Leadership Committee and the conservative group Justice at Stake spent a combined $950,000 in ads against one incumbent and one candidate for an open seat.

New Jersey: Democratic state legislators say the law firm hired to conduct an internal investigation on the BridgeGate scandal overbilled the state by $2.8 million by billing more than the state-capped 10 hour daily limit. The law firm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, referred questions to New Jersey’s attorney general, who declined to comment.

Mississippi: The state Senate voted this week to prevent Mississippi’s Medicaid program from spending money on Planned Parenthood. Mississippi has spent less than $1,000 a year on Planned Parenthood over the last five years.

Alabama: Shelby County residents voted Tuesday to allow alcohol sales on Sundays, by a 40-point margin. The county Chamber of Commerce said the economic activity generated by Sunday sales would amount to $10.9 million, enough to create 171 new jobs. Forty-two Alabama counties are still dry counties.

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