The presidential race rolls into Minnesota with precinct caucuses on March 1. And there’s an easy way to find out where to go, regardless of your political preference.
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon launched a caucus finder tool on his Web site Thursday to help voters find Republican or Democratic caucuses near them. Some minor parties are also holding events, though not in as many places (and the locations are available through those parties).
Unlike traditional elections or primaries, where voters can fit the voting into their daily routine, caucuses statewide all begin at 7 p.m.
And while the caucuses will give partisans a chance to debate issues that matter to them most, the main attraction will be preference polls in the presidential nominating contests. For the first time, it will be more than a beauty contest on the GOP side because the results will factor into national convention delegate allocation.
Minnesota isn’t the only state holding votes that day, which is known in political circles as Super Tuesday.
Good morning. No election results today, which is fine by me. There is a Democratic presidential debate tonight which we will broadcast live on the radio on MPR News starting at 8 p.m. In the meantime, here’s the Digest.
1. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has finished its investigation of the Minneapolis Police shooting of Jamar Clark and sent its findings to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office to consider charges. (MPR News)
2. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the Crashed Ice event will go on as planned, despite a call from Black Lives Matter to disrupt it. (Pioneer Press)
3. Children in Minnesota were among those who saw the biggest gains from the Affordable Care Act. (Star Tribune)
4. The Congressional Black Caucus is poised to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. (Washington Post)
5. After tanking in New Hampshire, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination. Here’s a story about Christie. (New York Times)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, campaigned at a rally in Duluth in January AP Photo | Jim Mone
Fresh off his convincing win in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is wading deeper into Super Tuesday states and will start airing ads soon in markets hitting Minnesota voters.
Records on file with the FCC show the Vermont independent, who calls himself a democratic socialist, has inquired about reserving time in the Duluth-Superior area and will begin airing ads in the Fargo-Moorhead market as soon as Thursday. On Wednesday afternoon, details emerged about an initial purchase in the Twin Cities of at least $275,000.
Sanders is banking on caucus states, which tend to draw the most-committed party supporters, to keep pace with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic race. Minnesota and Colorado each hold a March 1 caucus along with several states with traditional primaries.
Both Democratic contenders are due to appear Friday at a major DFL Party dinner in St. Paul. The event was supposed to include former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley but he left the race after a disappointing finish in Iowa’s leadoff caucus.