MN GOP Caucus attendance up from 2002
When I attended my precinct caucus on Tuesday I could definitely tell there were more people than last year, but nowhere near the numbers of 2008. But apparently it was up over 20% from 2002 numbers, a year where MN saw a similar political situation as in 2010:
Eight years ago, just 15,862 Minnesotans cast their vote in the Republican gubernatorial straw poll. On Tuesday night, over 19,150 Gopher State residents voted in a precinct caucus GOP straw poll – an increase of 20.8 percent with 4,118 of 4,129 caucuses reporting as of late Wednesday evening.
That’s definitely a good sign, but why the increase? Even with the earlier caucus date and colder temperatures Republicans still turned up, so what drove us there?
My Answer: The remnants of the Ron Paul Revolution.
Why do I say that? Because I’m one of them, and so were many of the faces I saw in the crowd on Tuesday night. Yes, the firey passion has subsided and it’s not a presidential year, but the result of a massive bottom-up campaign focused on activism and word-of-mouth has left an innumerable crowd of conservatives looking for a means to continue their fight against the radical liberal excesses of the Obama Democrats. So here we are Minnesota GOP, treat us well and we’ll do the same right back.
We got fired up and interested, and for many of us that interest hasn’t evaporated in us like it has in a majority of Obama supporters. State Republican parties across the country are better off because of our increased involvement, for a great deal of the Ron Paul grassroots campaign was composed of younger people and college students that the GOP desperately needs to make inroads with.
I was asked at least 5 times on caucus night why I came and why I was interested, because I was so much younger than the majority of others at the caucus. A party in which it’s a surprise to be under 40 isn’t going to survive. But that has started to change, thank gods, and needs to keep changing in the future if we’re going to remain a voice for growth and prosperity in Minnesota.
Children are our future! teehee.
Have it good,
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