Networks Lead Projections

Television networks began projecting Illinois U.S. Sen. Barack Obama Minnesotas precinct caucus victor at 9:20 p.m. That brought cheers at the carpenters union hall in St. Paul, where Democrats gathered Tuesday night. It was a half hour before The Associated Press predicted Obama would win in Minnesota. Pre-caucus polls showed New York U.S. Sen. Hillary…
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A Caucus Observation

One of Minnesotas statewide elected officials reported unusually high turnout at her caucus. State Auditor Rebecca Otto, a Democrat, said she typically expects 30 to 40 people at her caucus in rural, conservative-leaning May Township in the northeastern Twin Cities area. "We had 160," Otto said. There were lots of young people and first-time caucus-goers,…
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A Buzz Among DFLers

Caucuses were not yet closed, but DFL Party activists already were showing up at the party’s St. Paul headquarters shortly after 8 p.m.Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Brian Melendez said a lively presidential contest along with a competitive U.S. Senate race and at least one hotly contested congressional contest spurred turnout and interest.Visitors to the DFL…
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A Buzz Among DFLers

Caucuses were not yet closed, but DFL Party activists already were showing up at the party’s St. Paul headquarters shortly after 8 p.m.Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Brian Melendez said a lively presidential contest along with a competitive U.S. Senate race and at least one hotly contested congressional contest spurred turnout and interest.Visitors to the DFL…
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Caucus Rooms Full

Minnesota Republican Party spokesman Mark Drake said GOP caucus sites were busy around the state, even in DFL strongholds such as St. Paul. Caucus rooms were packed in Rochester and suburban Maple Grove, he said. "We’re hearing reports of heavy turnout," Drake said. "It seems to be widespread." Increased participation likely is the result of…
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