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Mixed Feelings About MN Caucus

February 1, 2012, 6:49 AM by Kellee Azar

Mixed Feelings About MN Caucus

Nevada may be the next place for the presidential hopefuls to aim their sights.  But Minnesota will soon have the chance to voice opinions on which Republican best represents the state in the race against President Barack Obama.

Minnesotans are now gearing up for their caucus which is less than one week away.

"We are looking forward to a good turnout. I think the visit from Rick Santorum has generated a lot of excitement," Rock County Republican Party Chairman Bill Weber said.

Over the years, Minnesota has been mostly a 'blue state' when it comes to presidential elections.  But this year, if voters want a change, constituents must be proactive.

"If we don't do something, if we don't participate, then it truly won't matter. The only chance we have to make a difference is to be involved in the process."

So far, there are some mixed opinions across the state.

"I think it's all a waste of time.  Republicans don't have a chance anyway," resident Rodney Borth said.

On the other hand, when it comes to having the candidates come to Minnesota, some feel it's important.

"Certainly there is a point; it's really important that people are educated on the issues and getting everyone's views and are educated on the issue before heading to the polls," resident Marty Caraway said.

If candidates want the chance to change this blue state to a red, Weber says paying attention to the voters will make a difference.

"I believe that the thing they have to recognize is that the issues that has elected republicans in the majority party in the legislature, has elected republican governors, are the issues they need to reflect on," Weber said. 

Minnesota's caucuses will happen Tuesday.

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