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Hundreds of DFLers come out to Century High School for Caucus

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

Tuesday night was host to the first major step in the party nomination process.

DFLers had two locations for the precinct caucuses in Rochester, at Willow Creek Middle School and Century High School.

Around 250 people came out to the Century location.

Even though it's an off year election, the folks there still had a lot to think about, with many candidates across the board.

Attendees had the responsibility of selecting delegates, voting on resolutions and participating in a straw poll for their preference for Governor.

From what was discussed, they are placing a lot of importance on the congressional district one race to take Tim Walz's seat.

Last election, Walz won by a slim margin against GOP candidate Jim Hagedorn.

While there wasn't much talk as to who should take the party nomination yet, the people here were sure that there is a good candidate within the crowd of seven currently on the DFL side. 

"It's paramount, I mean, we really like Tim Walz," Kristi Simmons, a caucus attendee, said. "We need somebody who can fill his shoes, whether it be male or female, somebody who is strongly convicted to the values of the democratic party in Minnesota."

From now on, each precinct will send delegates to higher conventions and continue the discussion.

As for who was the favorite gubernatorial candidate at Century, Tim Walz took the night with 141 votes, more than 50 percent of all votes cast that night.
 

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