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Big Vote In Minnesota

February 5, 2008, 6:02 PM by Kelli Grant

Big Vote In Minnesota
Twenty-four states are holding presidential primaries and caucuses as part of Super Tuesday, and Minnesotans get a chance to weigh in early this year. The caucuses there begin in an hour and those in charge are encouraging everyone to make their opinions heard. 

Super Tuesday has been called a one-on-one showdown - the biggest presidential primary day in American History. Many think tonight's straw polls could re-shape the presidential election. But those leading the packs say that can't happen without your vote. 

The Presidential Candidates have waited a long time for this day, and for good reason. 

Rock County DFL Chair. Ben Vander Kooi, says, “Both sides...its wide open. And frankly the Democrats are down to two candidates now so the people I think if they haven't made their picks...they will tonight.” 

Vander Kooi says Super Tuesday feels a bit different this year. That's because for the first time in a long time, Minnesota will make a difference. 

“We've actually been in South Dakota's situation in the past where we're at the end and they've already made the decision. Now we don't know,” he says. 

While tonight's preference results will determine how the DFL's delegates vote for a presidential candidate at the national convention, that's not the case for the Republicans. 

Rock County Republican co-chair says, “There will be no delegate allocation to the National Convention based on the results of the straw poll in Minnesota tonight.” 

Nationally, a very large percentage of Republican and Democratic delegates will be chosen tonight. And Republican Co-Chair Bill Weber says that means Minnesota's vote could give a candidate a very strong advantage. 

Weber says, “Some people always say well it really doesn't matter if I'm involved and you know that's really not true.” 

Unlike Iowa, Tuesday’s voting will be done in secret, you don't have to be a registered voter in Minnesota to participate and voters don't have to claim party affiliation. 

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