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Analysis: Straw poll lays groundwork for campaign


ST. PAUL — Straw polls seldom accurately predict who will win an election months away, but Minnesota Republican activists who cast votes during Tuesday night’s precinct caucuses did not vote in vain.

Republicans on Tuesday sent a message that they like state Sen. Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen in the U.S. Senate race. For governor they balanced their votes fairly evenly between suburban and rural candidates, Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville and former Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.