ST. PAUL — Presidential candidates have given Minnesota a bit more love than usual this year as the state holds its precinct caucuses on a day when more presidential nomination delegates will be picked than any other. It is a day that could make or break a campaign. As part of Super Tuesday with a dozen other states on March 1, Minnesota will play a larger role than most years. "When you show up and vote on caucus night, you will help determine how many votes for each candidate are earned in Minnesota," state Republican Chairman Keith Downey said.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota Republicans gave U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman and governor candidate Marty Seifert bragging rights at Tuesday night's precinct caucuses. With 97 percent of straw poll votes counted Wednesday, the two came out atop crowded fields of candidates looking to upset Democratic incumbents Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken. In Stevens County, GOP caucus attendees also cast their support for Ortman and Seifert.