- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Republican convention delegates say the conditions seem better than ever for the party to take back the White House.

They say presidential nominee Donald Trump isn’t your typical Republican - and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has some work to do with a party base that delivered a defeat in the March caucus.

Minnesota hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1972. But, delegate Pat Anderson tells Minnesota Public Radio (https://bit.ly/29YlfNB ) that Minnesota voters tend to be rebellious and look for candidates who are anti-Washington or anti-establishment. Reform Party candidate Jesse Ventura served as Minnesota’s governor from 1999 to 2003 and later became an Independent.

DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin says he wouldn’t be shocked to see a close race. Martin says anyone who lived in Minnesota through the 1998 election shouldn’t dismiss Trump.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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