Monday, February 6, 2012
Find out where to go—and what to do once you get there.
A caucus helps a political party gain consensus as to how voters have aligned their political and candidate preferences. But at a caucus, there’s more going on than just candidate selection. Participants sometimes select county committee chairs that go to a state—and sometimes national—convention. What distinguishes a caucus from a primary is that at a primary, voters don’t have to be present at one particular location at a specific time. For a primary, voters just go to their polling place and cast a vote, the same as they would do at a general election. For a caucus, you have to be physically present at your designated caucus site, register, show your party affiliation and then participate in the process. Attendees participate directly. …
The candidate will speak one day before Minnesota's caucuses.
Ron Paul (R-TX) is coming to town. The firebrand GOP congressman and 2012 GOP presidential hopeful will take the stage for a campaign rally at the Minneapolis Convention Center Monday at 7 p.m. Paul has been campaigning in Minnesota since Saturday, and will come to Minneapolis shortly after finishing a 4 p.m. rally in St Cloud. The campaign's website announced the event on Thursday. The event comes one day before he, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney face off in the Minnesota caucuses. The caucuses won't bind Minnesota delegates to vote for Tuesday night's winner at the GOP convention later this year, but could give the winner a boost in the polls and in fundraising.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The presidential hopeful paid Eagan a visit with Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday afternoon.
Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney held a campaign stop in Eagan at Freightmasters with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday—and Patch covered the event live. Romney's visit is in advance of Minnesota's GOP caucuses, scheduled for Feb. 7. Local DFL and Republican groups will be holding caucuses in Eagan that night.