Big crowds expected at MN Caucuses

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(AP/KNSI) - Minnesota voters will provide a critical early readout on the state's wide-open governor's race during precinct caucuses.

The caucuses are at 7pm tonight (Tuesday) at locations set by the parties.

At the caucus, attendees vote for the person you want the party to support for governor, choose volunteers to organize political activities in the precinct, discuss issues and ideas for the party to support and choose delegates who will endorse candidates at future conventions.

To participate, you must be eligible to vote in the November 2018 general election and live in the precinct. You also must generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus.

The caucuses are expected to be heavily attended by members of both parties. They mark the first step in the march toward each party's nominating convention in June, with the main event a preference poll testing support for all gubernatorial candidates.

History shows that poll is rarely indicative of who will win each party's nomination.

Party chairs are hoping high energy surrounding the state's politics powers high turnout in a year that will also see a special election for former Sen. Al Franken's seat and four or more closely watched congressional races.

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