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After GOP locks out Trump rivals, DFLers push to open ballot


November 12, 2019

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

"Minnesota's voters, regardless of political affiliation, should not have their choices limited by a small group of party leaders," said state Rep. Raymond Dehn, one of two DFL legislators who want to open the GOP primary to more candidates. Dehn, above, is seen in May at the State Capitol.

Minnesota DFL lawmakers are studying legislation to open access to presidential primary ballots after the Minnesota Republican Party excluded rivals to President Donald Trump from the state's March GOP primary.

Trump was the only candidate submitted to the Minnesota Secretary of State by Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan last month even though there are at least three other Republican candidates running active campaigns for the Republican nomination. Coming under criticism from Democrats as well as some Republicans, Carnahan has since said the party will allow write-in candidates.


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