MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Great Minnesota Get-Together is an important time for lawmakers to get face time with the citizens they represent.

WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler caught up with candidates, and voters, making the rounds at the fairgrounds Thursday.

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What may be the most unexpected response Kessler got, especially in this hypersensitive political climate, was asking people to talk politics — and people running away from him!

A year of rising political tension showing its frayed edges at the fair. At the State Republican Party booth, there was a brisk trade in “Make America Great Again” hats. The bestselling item, however, were “Trump/Pence 2020” shirts.

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz shows off his Pronto Pup socks (credit: CBS)

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley is so good at greeting fairgoers that she can predict how many people in a group will vote for her.

“I think in this crowd I’m about 72 percent,” Housley said.

DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz showed off his mostly-hidden fair clothing.

“My running mate, Peggy Flannigan, gave me this as a gift — Pronto Pup socks!” Walz said.

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Mid-term elections are coming in November. You can swing a Pronto Pup out at the fair, and you will hit a politician.