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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A Quiet GOP Office

There were long lines at caucus sites around the Twin Cities, but all was quiet shortly after 7 p.m. at the Minnesota Republican Party headquarters in St. Paul.Nena Bartlett, a field coordinator for GOP candidate Ron Paul, sat alone at a table where representatives for the other Republican hopefuls will appear this evening.State Republican Party…
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