Republican presidential race comes to Minnesota

Jenna Wilcox

Minnesota Republicans have the chance to select their presidential candidate when the party will caucus across the state Tuesday.

This year, Minnesota will be a bigger focus because the Republican presidential nomination is usually wrapped up by now, but several of the candidates are still fighting to to outshine current frontrunner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is expected to campaign in Minnesota after a morning rally in Colorado Springs, and end his day in Missouri. According to a new public policy poll he’s leading with 29 percent, compared to Mitt Romney’s 27 percent.

On Monday, Texas Rep. Ron Paul rallied a crowd at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Before that, he held rallies in Chanhassen, Arden Hills, Rochester and St. Cloud. Monday night, he also rallied at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Hundreds of people gathered to hear former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich at the Ramada Mall of America on Monday.

According to MPR News, there are no delegates up for grabs at the caucus, only bragging rights. The result will have little to do with how Minnesota’s delegates will eventually be allocated at the Republican National Convention in August becasue the straw poll is non-binding.