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MN GOP chair: Republicans energized for caucus vote

Posted at 12:42 PM on February 1, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

shortbridget.jpgWith Minnesota caucuses less than a week away, state Republicans are getting energized as candidates come to campaign, Minnesota's Republican Party chairman said this morning.

While Romney's the front-runner nationally, Minnesota's non-binding caucuses can help Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum make a case that the race remains wide open, Pat Shortridge told MPR News.

Gingrich and Santorum "have deep conservative roots" and that gives a candidate a chance in the state caucuses, he added.

A poll last week put Gingrich ahead of Romney in Minnesota, although the pollster acknowledged the Minnesota race was "incredibly fluid."

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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.