Reporting Pat Kessler
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Ron Paul was making his final appeal for Minnesota Republican caucus votes with drop-ins at two sites where ballots will be cast Tuesday.
The 76-year-old Texas congressman with particular appeal among younger voters has invested days of campaigning and money for television ads ahead of caucuses in Minnesota, where he hopes to eke out the first win of his presidential campaign.
He planned a caucus-night party outside Minneapolis.
Paul’s strategy is to concentrate on caucus states where he can amass national convention delegates even if he doesn’t win. He has hit on anti-war themes and cast himself as the candidate most committed to cutting government spending.
Paul finished fourth in Minnesota four years ago. Mitt Romney won the contest in 2008.
A Look At Minnesota Ahead Of GOP Caucus
A profile of Minnesota, site of a Republican presidential caucus on Tuesday:
Population: 5,344,861 (2011 estimate)
Median age: 37.4
Percentage of population 65 and over: 12.9 percent
85.3 percent white, 5.2 percent black, 4.7 percent Hispanic or Latino origin, 4 percent Asian, 1.1 percent American Indian
Language other than English spoken at home: 10.3 percent
High school graduate or higher: 91.3 percent
Bachelor’s degree or higher: 31.4 percent
Median household income: $57,243
People below poverty level: 10.6 percent
Housing units occupied by owners: 73 percent
Housing units occupied by renters: 27 percent
2008 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS:
Barack Obama, 54 percent; John McCain, 44 percent
3,090,122 (Minnesota does not have registration by party)
MINNESOTA QUICK FACTS:
— The name Minnesota comes from a Dakota Indian word that means “sky-tinted water.”
— A majority of Minnesotans are of German or Scandinavian descent, but the state is also home to growing Hispanic, Hmong and Somali populations.
— While Minnesota license plates refer to the state as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” the state actually has 11,842 lakes larger than 10 acres, plus 6,564 natural rivers and streams totaling 69,200 miles.
— Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
— Among religious traditions, the state is 32 percent mainline Protestant, 21 percent evangelical Protestant, 29 percent Roman Catholic and 1 percent Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist, according to The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
— The Mall of America in Bloomington, the country’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, is the size of 78 football fields — 9.5 million square feet.
— The original name of the settlement that became the capital St. Paul was Pig’s Eye, named for French-Canadian whiskey trader Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant, who was blind in one eye.
— Minnesota is the country’s largest producer of iron ore and turkeys.
Sources: 2010 and 2011 U.S. Census data, Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota State Government North Star Portal, U.S. Geological Survey, National Turkey Federation.
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