Minnesota parties expect big Super Tuesday caucus turnout
ST. PAUL -- More than 250,000 Minnesotans could show up at precinct caucuses Tuesday to pick presidential favorites and make other political decisions.
Chairman Ken Martin of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party predicts that up to 200,000 could caucus in his party, while Republicans state Chairman Keith Downey also expects a heavy turnout, but could provide no specific prediction. Neither predicts turnouts larger than in 2008, when 285,000 clogged meeting rooms statewide, but they say their 20,000 volunteers are ready for records.
Both chairmen said that people new to the process are expected to swell numbers, along with heated presidential races.