“Running as a Libertarian,” says Johnson, “I have the least amount of explaining to do.”
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Trump volunteers are trying to make sure the seven delegates their candidate won in Minnesota truly want Trump to be president; and that they’ll support him on multiple ballots at the national convention.
Doug Seaton really wants to be a Minnesota delegate at the Republican National Convention, which is why he’s willing to put up with so much to get there.
Hint: the reason starts with a T.
With the Rubio campaign suspended, several questions remain about what will eventually happen to the former candidate’s share of the delegates.
With Rubio out, the 17 delegates that he won in Minnesota are now “unbound,” free to throw their support to another candidate.
With new party activists, the big question is one of commitment — whether they stay with the delegate process and show up when and where they say they will.
From my first experience with a Minnesota caucus, working for the re-election of Gov. Arne Carlson, I became convinced that the caucus system, far from encouraging democracy, manipulated politics. Tuesday night was different.
Because of the way Minnesota proportions the awarding of delegates, Rubio’s win means very little in his quest for the Republican nomination for president.
The Republican presidential candidate didn’t even mention the dozen or so GOP leaders from Minnesota who recently endorsed him.
As a talk-show host, Lewis filled hours of airtime with conservative commentary that outraged and entertained. Now people are being reminded of what he said.
The question is whether the victory is a one-off or a trend.
Abeler says he wants to return to the role he played while serving as a member of the Minnesota House: a Republican who worked with Democrats.
GOP activist Luke Hellier makes the argument that requiring attendance at a caucus in effect disenfranchises too many people.
In short, a big push by Cruz; an appeal to the establishment by Rubio; and a total lack of interest by Trump.
The part of the Republican establishment that is anti-Donald Trump should make him earn the nomination.
At an event Tuesday morning in Minneapolis, Marco Rubio stressed his unifying credentials.
Abeler defeated GOP party activist Andy Aplikowski, 61 to 39 percent, and will now face DFL candidate Roger Johnson in a special election.
“There’s a point at which … it doesn’t make a lot of sense for us to call everybody back in for a one day special session,” the speaker told a gathering of Republican seniors.
In a December straw poll, Rubio placed a distant second to Ted Cruz. But Rubio’s supporters contend that he holds a competitive position among caucus goers in Minnesota.