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Minnesota’s 2016 Caucuses To Be Held In March

Minnesota’s Democratic and Republican parties have scheduled next year’s precinct caucuses for March 1, which is when party activists will be able to cast their 2016 presidential preference votes. The parties jointly informed the Minnesota secretary of state of their plans Monday.


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GOP Picks Early Favorites For Senate, Governor

The Republican candidates for governor and senator who won bellwether straw polls among crowded fields sought Wednesday to capitalize on the early show of support from party activists.


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Police Shut Down DFL Caucus Following Disorder

The DFL caucus that ended prematurely after chaos erupted at the Minneapolis meeting will be rescheduled. DFL Chairman Ken Martin said Wednesday because the caucus wasn’t officially adjourned Tuesday night at the Bryan Cole Community Center, it will be reconvened at a date that’s not yet been set.


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GOP Accused Of Using Taxpayer Money For Political Gain

Minnesota Democrats are accusing Republicans of using state staff and equipment for political benefit.


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Santorum Wins Conservative Hearts In Minn. Caucus

Rick Santorum gave Minnesota Republicans the chance to prove they’re just as socially conservative as their Iowa neighbors, and they responded by handing the Pennsylvania senator a caucus win that at least temporarily shakes up the race for the GOP presidential nomination.


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Lower Turnout For Minnesota GOP Caucus

Turnout has generally been low for Minnesota’s Republican presidential caucus, and that appears to be no different in the latest straw poll.


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Ritchie: Taking Part In The Caucus Is Simple

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says taking part in the caucus is quite simple.


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Courted By Candidates, Minn. GOP Voters Study Up

Normally overlooked, Minnesota Republicans reveled in a chance to sway a party presidential nominating contest in Tuesday night caucuses that for once were on the radar of all the major contenders.


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GOP Gets Minn. Focus Now, Uphill Fall Fight Awaits

In presidential politics, Minnesota is as close to a Democratic fortress as states come.


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Messy Caucuses In Nevada, Iowa Raise Questions

After back-to-back fiascos in Nevada and Iowa, the term “caucus” may be on its way to becoming a bad word in the GOP lexicon.


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Rick Santorum Visits MN Before Caucus

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rick Santorum made a stop at a Twin Cities mega church just two days before Minnesota’s caucuses.


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In Minn., Rightward Drift Challenges Romney

Mitt Romney could face a significant challenge in Minnesota.


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Paul Gambles On Caucus States To Amass Delegates

Ron Paul is rolling the dice on Nevada and other caucus states like Minnesota, Kansas and Washington, hoping to keep his nontraditional presidential campaign alive by amassing Republican delegates rather than notching outright wins.


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Romney Supports Automatic Hikes In Minimum Wage

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney renewed his support Wednesday for automatic increases in the federal minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, a position sharply at odds with traditional GOP business allies, conservatives and the party’s senior lawmakers.


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Romney Not Taking Any Chances Ahead Of Fla. Vote

Mitt Romney isn’t taking any chances.


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Bachmann Tells Supporters She’s Staying In Race

Hunting for support in a caucus campaign with high stakes for her lagging presidential bid, Michele Bachmann hoped a late-hour trip Tuesday to her Iowa birthplace would help her stave off the last-place finish forecast by recent polls.


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Regardless Of Iowa Results, Bachmann To Stay In Race

After months of buildup, voters in Iowa are just a couple hours away from making a big decision.


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Iowa GOP Schedules Jan. 3 Presidential Caucuses

Iowa Republicans are holding their state’s presidential nominating caucuses on Jan. 3, even though New Hampshire is threatening to move its traditional first-in-the-nation primary into December.


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Romney, Bachmann Lead In 2012 Iowa Caucus Poll

A new Iowa Poll shows national Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and tea party favorite Michele Bachmann leading among the state’s likely GOP caucus-goers.


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Paul Leads Off Busy Day In Iowa Caucus Politics

Texas Rep. Ron Paul is leading off a busy day in Iowa for Republicans mulling presidential campaigns.


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Conservative GOP Could Prompt Some To Skip Iowa

A run for the White House has long meant enduring icy days campaigning in Iowa for the contest that starts the presidential election calendar. But this winter fewer candidates have braved the Midwestern chill. And that has left some wondering if the Iowa Republican party’s shift to the right is scaring off some hopefuls and making the Iowa caucuses less competitive — and less important.