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February 9, 2013

Campaign Notebook: Special election hits the home stretch


There have been numerous media reports about the Democratic Party nationally taking a big lead in the sophistication of their voter ID system. Quist suspects that’s true in Minnesota, as well.

“I know how good our information is,” he said. “I don’t know how good the information is for the DFL. I would not be surprised if it’s better.”

Nicollet County Republican Party co-chair Carol Stevenson said that may have been true, but she believes any gap has been narrowed or eliminated in the past month.

“We worked very hard on our voter ID,” Stevenson said.

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One notable difference in the campaigns is the presence of state party leaders on behalf of District 19A candidates. Gieseke had the IP state chairman and former IP gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner in St. Peter for a rally and fundraiser on Jan. 29.

And, along with the House speaker knocking on North Mankato doors Saturday, the DFL has a rally planned for Johnson at Gustavus Adolphus College on Monday featuring Gov. Mark Dayton and Walz. The 5 p.m. event is at Alumni Hall on the campus of Gustavus, where students have provided the margin of victory for past Democratic House candidates. Walz also recorded a radio ad encouraging voters to turn out for Johnson.

Top Republicans were on the campaign trail on Saturday, too, door-knocking in support of a GOP candidate. But it was House candidate Tama Theis, the Republican nominee for a vacant House seat in the St. Cloud area, that brought out House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and at least three other Republican lawmakers, including former House Majority Leader Matt Dean, according to Twitter reports.

Stevenson said Republicans have no local rallies planned leading up to Tuesday, focusing instead on get-out-the-vote efforts. Door-knocking, literature drops and phone-banking were underway Saturday and were to continue today and Monday.

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