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Minnesota Caucuses One Week Away

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ST. PETER, MINN. -

Next Tuesday, March 1, voters across the state will be participating the Minnesota Caucuses.

Gustavus Adolphus College Political Science Associate Professor Kate Knutson says, "There's a lot of buzz there because we don't know who's going to win, on either side, so there's a lot of excitement."

One week from now, it will be Minnesota's time in the spotlight when it hosts the caucuses.

But what a caucus is can lead to a lot of question, especially from first time caucus goers.

Gustavus Adolphus College senior Jack Anderson says, "I think there's a lot of questions that surround the caucus, it's not a straight forward as the general election. Students have some more questions, they don't really go over that in their U.S. Government classes in high school."

Knutson says, "A caucus is a meeting of a people affiliated with a political party. So, Republicans have a caucus, Democrats have a caucus, other third parties have a caucus."

For most caucus goers, the process is fairly simple. They arrive at their precinct caucus site, whether it is a school, community center or church basement and state their preference for which candidate they are supporting. But the caucuses go beyond just determining a nominee for the party.

Knutson says,"What they're really doing is, it's an opportunity to set the platforms of the parties."

The night provides a chance to discuss issues before caucus goers vote and helps determine which candidate the state's delegates will support at the parties' conventions.

But there's another factor playing into Minnesota's caucuses:

Called Super Tuesday, it will be the day a dozen other states host primary elections and caucuses...

...leading to an exciting day and night for some first time caucus goers.

Gustavus Adolphus College senior Delaney Sweet says, "Especially in Minnesota, you know we're a big state for the Democratic Caucus, so definitely, both the Bernie and the Hillary presence on campus has been huge."

The state’s caucuses are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Since the caucuses are hosted by the parties, the locations are different than the polling stations people usually vote at.

To find the location for your precinct caucus, the Minnesota Secretary of State has a caucus finder.

Link: http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

--KEYC News 12