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MN Caucuses: A snapshot from the DFL caucuses

Posted at 8:30 PM on February 7, 2012 by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Politics

While the Republican presidential candidates may have the caucus limelight tonight, Democrats are holding their own events as well.

MPR News reporter Sasha Aslanian attended a DFL caucus at Eagan High School for Senate District 38, which includes House Districts 38 A and B.

It's a particularly interesting district because two of its DFL lawmakers, former Rep. Sandra Masin and former Sen. Jim Carlson, lost their seats to Republicans in 2010.

Both Masin and Carlson want their seats back from Rep. Diane Anderson and Sen. Ted Daly, respectively, so they showed up to work the room, Sasha reports.

Just about anyone can get up and speak on behalf of a candidate at the caucuses, and the Eagan event was no exception. Carlson's wife made the pitch to voters about why they should support her husband, Sasha tells me.

The UpTake Tweets that Rep. Betty McCollum weighed in at the Eagan caucuses as well.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who is a surrogate for President Barack Obama, spoke to voters at the Eden Prairie caucus. A picture below courtesy of Obama for America's spokeswoman, Kristin Sosanie


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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.