Duluth Residents Gather For Minnesota Caucus

By KBJR News 1

February 8, 2012 Updated Feb 8, 2012 at 12:06 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Thousands of Northland residents headed out to caucuses Tuesday night.

Party activists and other residents in neighborhoods across the state gathered to have their voices heard.

LeAnn Wallace reports.

The first thing on the Republican agenda?

A presidential straw poll for the candidate they'd like to see on the ballot November 6th.

Four Republican Presidential candidates; Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are still vying for their party's endorsement.

Caucuses are the first step in the process of choosing which candidates from each of the parties will end up on the November ballots.

It was a packed house at the precinct caucus held at Duluth East High School.

Caucus officials in Duluth are reporting a good turnout tonight.

While those in attendance say they're eager to take part in this grass roots political process.

"I wanted to be part of the process to choose the candidate for the Presidential nomination and not just stand by and show up and vote on Election Day in November like everybody else," said Erin Finnegan of Duluth.

"The bill of rights and the constitution have been trampled on. We need to restore, basically all of them," said Jason Montgomery of Duluth.

"This is a big space and it was very full of people so I'm just delighted that we had this many people folks that were interested to come out and play their role, it's all about one voice at a time and one opinion at a time," said Pat Mast, Chair of Republican House District 7A.

While President Obama is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket, Democrats still held caucuses tonight to discuss reelection strategies and develop their own party platforms.