MN: Caucus Fever on a Chilly Night
By Christopher Lee
Republicans appear to be headed for the party's nonbinding presidential caucuses in droves tonight.
"We're slammed with calls" from people looking for caucus location information, said Minnesota GOP spokesman Mark Drake. "We'll have a good turnout of around 50,000 or so."
That would be double the turnout from 2004.
Voter enthusiasm seems to have been fueled, in part, by the fact that the Republican National Convention will be in St. Paul in September.
That location is no accident: Republicans are determined to make inroads in a state that has 10 electoral votes but that Democrats have won in the past eight presidential elections. The GOP controls the governor's office, one Senate seat and three of the state's eight congressional districts.
Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a McCain supporter, has been mentioned as a possible running mate for the Arizona senator.
The state's often chilly weather is not expected to keep people from caucusing tonight. Forecasters predict a 20 percent chance of snow, with light winds and temperatures in the low 20s.
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