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Minnesota caucus meetings kick-start year full of politics

February 7, 2018 GMT

Minnesotans who want to participate in state politics this election year get a first chance to dive into the process Tuesday night at precinct caucus meetings all over the state.

Both the states Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor parties will host the organizing meetings at schools, government buildings, churches and other public sites. Participants will vote in a straw poll of candidates for governor, discuss and vote on potential party platforms, and elect delegates and alternates to upcoming regional and state political conventions.

In addition to the open governors race, the Minnesota ballot this November will include two U.S. Senate races, a number of hotly contested congressional races, other statewide offices including attorney general, and state House races that will help determine the balance of power at the State Capitol.

The caucus meetings themselves are scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but participants are urged to arrive early to register. An online tool for finding your caucus meeting by address can be found here.

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