Second-time Minnesota governor candidate Jeff Johnson easily won a Tuesday, Feb. 6 straw poll, but
Second-time Minnesota governor candidate Jeff Johnson easily won a Tuesday, Feb. 6 straw poll, but could face a bigger obstacle in coming weeks: Tim Pawlenty.
The non-binding Republican poll showed former Republican state Chairman Keith Downey with 15 percent and Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and teacher Phillip Parrish with 12 percent each. Nearly 16 percent of GOP caucus goers had not decided on a candidate.
Attendance in many precincts was far below records set two years ago.
"If there is a 'message' from the voters at DFL/GOP caucuses tonight it is this: The overwhelming number of Minnesota voters want a new way of choosing their party’s nominees and want to scrap the caucuses," Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, tweeted. "Turnout on both sides is insanely low!"