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Caucus lines, waits bring calls for Minnesota to switch to a primary


A deluge of fresh criticism about long lines and frustrating waits at Minnesota’s precinct caucuses this week is drawing new supporters to an old fight over switching to a primary system.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton took up the cause Thursday, breaking with the head of the party after a wave of complaints about a caucus system where voters jam into gymnasiums and classrooms to make their pick for president.

“All Minnesotans should have the opportunity to participate,” said Dayton, adding that even with Tuesday’s comparatively strong turnout for both parties, only a tiny fraction of Minnesota voters took part. “I think it deserves a very serious consideration.”


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