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Minnesota DFL tries to improve odds of becoming early presidential primary state


November 30, 2022

David Joles, Star Tribune

A voter left a Minneapolis polling place after casting her ballot during Minnesota's first presidential primary in decades on March 3, 2020.

Leading DFL elected officials are trying to sweeten Minnesota's pitch as it competes with other states for an early Midwestern spot in the 2024 presidential primaries.

Gov. Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and incoming Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic say they would swiftly pass legislation moving up the date of the state's primary if Minnesota is chosen.

Becoming one of the first Democratic presidential primary states could give Minnesotans the kind of major role in national politics that has eluded Minnesota when early states have gotten outsized attention. Michigan and Iowa are also among the states making a pitch for early status.


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