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Minnesota steps into media-political spotlight

Posted at 4:10 PM on February 7, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

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Republican politics may offer some surprises tonight in Minnesota, where conservative candidate Rick Santorum led in one poll. Yes, it's non-binding, so would count more for bragging rights than anything else, MPR News political reporter Mark Zdechlik writes.

But, hey, anything with your name on top counts as a win.

Still with only a fraction of Republicans expected to attend caucuses in Minnesota, the polling here isn't viewed as absolutely reliable. The Star Tribune writes:

A wide spectrum of Republican strategists now say Paul's passionate and deeply devoted followers could swarm the caucuses, giving the Texas congressman his first win and potentially creating a seismic reshuffling of the GOP field.

National political experts are paying particularly close attention, because the state has a history of embracing quirky politicians, potentially giving Paul his last, best shot.

The Wall Street Journal has a quick, handy guide to tonight's contests in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri.

For an international flavor, the UK paper The Guardian brought a filmmaker in to ask Minnesotans what decided their vote.

"And by 'Minnesotans, they mean about five white people on either a city block in Minneapolis or a shopping mall in Maple Grove." MPR News blogger Bob Collins wryly notes.

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Paul Tosto

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.