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Caucus Night: Good For DFL - Questions For GOP

Category: 2016
Posted: 02/07/18 14:30

by Dave Mindeman

The contrast between the parties for caucus attendance last night could not be clearer.

Despite the fact that the DFL, once again, cannot count ballots in a timely manner, it is pretty clear that caucus attendance was at least a 3 to 1 advantage for the Democrats.

Both parties had governor straw polls so the only difference was, who was motivated to come. And Democrats clearly were motivated.

Our local Senate District 57 had good attendance. You always hope for more, but it looks like it was more than the last off-year count. Things went smoothly and we were able to recruit a number of new precinct chairs. Resolutions were proposed with high numbers and discussions were lively but orderly.

The local district didn't get actual physical presence of many actual candidates, although Angie Craig was there and our local Senator and Representative were present as well as our House District candidate on the B side, John Huot.

We had a number of new people searching maps for precinct information. The only disappointment on the night was the lack of minority voter attendance. We definitely had some, but I expected a larger amount of representation. We do have a few African-American precinct chairs and I am anxious to get their input over the coming year.

We even had one Republican come in thinking this was the location of the Republican caucus. We politely showed here where to go on our maps and sent her on her way. So, hey, 57GOP, you can thank us for a plus one.

It is going to be an interesting year.
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