By 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


Barack Obama, 54 percent; John McCain, 44 percent


3,090,122 (Minnesota does not have registration by party)


— 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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Comments (10)
  1. Kurt W says:

    If there is a state that he can win Minnesota is it.

  2. DARREN says:

    Go Mr.Paul. Your the best canidate by far!

  3. John says:

    Best of luck to Ron Paul!

  4. DEEP says:

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that is for ending the terror and drugs wars. Ron Paul is the only one that has spoke of the 47,000 dead on our border with Mexico in the drug war!? Shouldn’t people like Ron Paul be leading this Republic!? GOT PEACE?

  5. Veteran says:

    He’s not anti-war. he’s anti-undelcared war. Big difference. He wants wars that are declared BY CONGRESS, to win them and come home. No nation-building, propping up dictators or bribing foreign fighters. I wish we had real journalists in this country

    1. DEEP says:

      Good point. He has also pointed out the real reasons behind these banker funded wars for profit and control. And he has pointed out the USA’s mighty forces and that all we need to do is secure our borders, no one dares mess with us. We need peace, trade, sound currency. Ron Paul knows how the game is played.

  6. frozenrunner says:

    Have fun tonight guys and gals.

  7. robertl says:

    I would like to know what are all the Ron supporters smoking? I want some. The ony reason this guy hasn’t dropped out is he has to feed his BIG ego and nothing else. He is on his political leg. This is it for him. Go home Ron, go away all ready.

  8. getaclue says:

    robertl…honesty not in your interest for president?…you socialist, treasonous troll

  9. ste says:

    Paul go home you have no chance in hell to win.

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