The results of the non-binding poll came after a long night of caucusing around the state among Republican voters. The DFL Party held their own caucuses, but with Mark Dayton and Al Franken seeking re-election Democrats did not conduct a straw poll for the governor or Senate race.
Around the state, voters of all political stripes take part in community meetings which are the first step toward choosing who will be on the 2014 ballot this November.
Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth, performed a week-long analysis that found the project suffers from a lack of good management.
In an interview with MPR News, interim MNsure CEO Scott Leitz said the federal government issued two new deadlines in early 2013, forcing MNsure officials to put the project on an even faster track to be ready to launch Oct. 1.
In testimony to the MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee on Thursday, Jim Nobles said he plans at least two investigations into MNsure, and a third if the Legislature will let him.
The review's preliminary findings may be available as early as next week, interim executive director Scott Leitz said Wednesday.
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Minnesota's legislative auditor is launching a wide-ranging inquiry into how the state handled contracts with several vendors that helped build MNsure, the state's new online health insurance marketplace.
Enrollment in health care policies sold on Minnesota 's online health insurance marketplace surged in the final days of 2013.
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MNsure officials said the site's technical problems can be traced back to software sold to the state by a single vendor, IBM Curam, which was never tested by the state before officials bought it for millions of dollars.
Anyone who signs up by Dec. 31 will have coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2014, says interim MNsure Executive Director Scott Leitz.
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Under current rules, consumers who use the MNsure site must pick a plan by Dec. 23 to be covered on Jan. 1.
Technological problems with the state's new online health insurance marketplace continue a few days before a critical deadline, prompting Gov. Mark Dayton to contact the Ireland-based contractor that has been the source of some of MNsure's most persistent problems.
April Todd-Malmlov, the head of Minnesota's health insurance marketplace resigned Tuesday after facing criticism over the troubled rollout and a questionably timed vacation in Costa Rica.
The trip came during a time when the insurance marketplace was continuing to struggle with technical problems. The two are involved in the implementation of the insurance marketplace website.