ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mitt Romney could face a significant challenge in Minnesota.

The mood has changed since the former Massachusetts governor won the state’s caucuses in 2008. A state that once took pride in political consensus has turned as contentious as any other. Last summer’s bitter government shutdown was a lowlight.

Romney campaigned four years ago as the more conservative choice than Arizona Sen. John McCain. This time around, Romney is the mainstream front-runner up against more conservative rivals, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

And that makes Tuesday’s caucuses unpredictable. Chuck Slocum led Minnesota Republicans in the mid-1970s. He says the activists expected to dominate small turnout are among the most conservative in the country.

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Comments (8)
  1. G Dog says:

    Conservative types:

    Please explain to me why the GOP’s continuing love affair with Reagan’s “trickle down” economics is still so attractive to you?
    it has only served to make the rich richer and and the middle class and lower class poorer while also making them pick up a larger part of the tax bill.
    Romney and Gingrich continue to support cutting taxes to the wealthy – income, capital gains, inheritance, etc.
    Insanity (or stupidity) is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting and expecting different results.

    1. mark says:

      you dont know much about economics do you D dog

  2. Marjorie says:

    I can’t believe the republican people of Minnesota would even think about endorsing Gingrich. What a low life he is.

    1. Ace says:

      I can believe it. They elected Dayton

    2. packeryman says:

      Newt is the worst of all the candidates. The only candidate that can carry most Independents is Romney. A vote for Newt is a wasted vote, he will never be the nominee.We can never let a corrupt individual carrying a vendetta hold the reigns of power.He is an ego maniac high on himself, a whiner and loser. A pitful example of a human being.

  3. Rick Storlie says:

    My brother spent 5 years working as a contractor, directly with the local people, in Iraq and Afghanistan. He can tell you with an insider’s, insider’s perspective that the thousands of lives lost and trillion+ dollars spent have been basically wasted.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that actually has the balls to reform government and reel in this endless nation building. Any candidate that won’t talk to lobbyists is a person I admire.

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