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MN Caucus is Tonight

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   Democrats, Republicans and those in between are gearing up for the 2012 Minnesota Caucus Tuesday.  But, will parties be getting the turnout that they are hoping for?

   Most of the presidential hopefuls haven't been making the campaign stops to Minnesota like they have in other states.  Some people argue that previous caucuses in the state had poor turnouts.

Minnesota, works very similarly to Iowa and Colorado. All caucuses start at 7:00 pm local time. They elect caucus leadership and then conduct the preference poll.

In 2008, about 65,000 Republicans turned out, and the party hopes to have similar turnout this time. Unlike the other states, Minnesota's caucuses report their results to the secretary of state.

 The state party estimates results will begin being posted on the secretary of state's website at about 8:00PM CT. Forty delegates are at stake, but like in Colorado and Iowa, Minnesota will actually choose the individuals who will go to Tampa at its later conventions.

   Many colleges in the valley are trying to get more people to come out for the caucus this year by gaining support around campuses and through social networking pages.

   "I think it's a big deal for the state to have a chance to choose the next candidate," Danielle Saul, MSUM college democrats representative said.

   The precinct caucuses will begin at 7:00 p.m. tonight.  To find your nearest caucus, you can visit the VALLEY NEWS LIVE HOT BUTTON http://www.valleynewslive.com/global/category.asp?c=198176

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