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GOP Precinct Caucus Straw Poll Results

Republicans across Minnesota gathered in local caucuses last Tuesady to vote in straw polls for Governor and U.S. Senate.

Minnesota State Senator Julianne Ortman won the straw poll for U.S. Senate with 31% of the vote. Mike McFadden came in second with 23%.

Marty Seifert won the Gubernatorial straw poll with 28% of the vote and State Senator Dave Thompson was second with 26%.

“Congratulations to our winning candidates Julianne Ortman and Marty Seifert,” said Chairman Keith Downey. “Strong leadership is the key to our success, not just in the political realm and not for ourselves, but for the people of our state.”

2014 straw poll

2014 straw poll senate

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Keith Downey, Chair
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Challenger for GOP Endorsement in 8B

Sue Nelson ImageSue Nelson, of rural Perham, has announced her intentions to seek the Republican endorsement for the Minnesota Legislature, House Seat District 8B.

Republican Mary Franson of Alexandria is the District 8B incumbent.

Sue and her husband Brian, a retired law enforcement officer, have been married for 35 years and have one son, Mac. Sue Nelson owns Nelson Talent and Event Management, and along with her husband, also owns and operates Tactical Defense Systems, teaching Permit to Carry/Conceal Carry classes and personal defense & protection classes.

Sue has been a familiar face on the political scene, most recently in the last 15 years in Otter Tail County. She has served on the Executive Committee for the Otter Tail County Republican Party; and was elected last spring to the position of Chair of the Republican Party of Otter Tail County.


What is a Precinct Caucus?

Your precinct caucus is essentially a neighborhood meeting put on by your local Republican Party BPOU. BPOU stands for Basic Political Organizational (some say Operating) Unit. At the caucus you can:

•Cast a preference ballot for Republican candidates for Governor and US Senate

•Vote for precinct officers

•Vote for delegates to your local Party convention (or be elected yourself!)

•Sign up to be an election judge

•Discuss changes to our platform

•Meet more neighbors!

•Lay the foundation for the 2014 elections

Precinct Caucuses in Douglas County are held at Jefferson Senior High School, in the cafeteria

What is a BPOU?

The precincts in your area are part of your local BPOU, which is the most basic grassroots organization of our Party. Each BPOU has its own constitution and makes its own decisions on most functions…with the exception of a few state laws and a few State Party constitutional regulations, they have autonomy. BPOUs do not collect funds from the state, all costs to operate them are paid with money generated on the local level via fundraising events and donations. One of the most effective ways to make a difference is by engaging with your local BPOU.

By attending your local caucus, you are showing that you support Republican candidates and take your civic duty to participate seriously. By attending your local caucus, you make our Party much stronger. Caucusing is easy, important, and fun…See you on the 4th!

Chris Tiedeman elected new National Committeeman by the Republican Party of Minnesota

(Blaine, MN…) Chris Tiedeman was elected by the Republican Party of Minnesota State Central Committee today to represent Minnesota on the Republican National Committee as the National Committeeman. Tiedeman begins his new job immediately and will fill the remainder of Jeff Johnson’s term on the committee after Johnson stepped down to run for governor.
“I am pleased to welcome Chris’ energy and ideas to the Republican National Committee,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “He has earned the respect of Republicans across the state because he has worked with us in the trenches as a party leader, consultant and candidate.”
Chris Tiedeman is a longtime Republican activist and campaign strategist. He got his start in politics at St Olaf College as State Chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans and Treasurer of the College Republican National Committee. In 2000 he was a candidate for the Minnesota State House of Representatives. He is a Principle and part owner of Weber Johnson Public Affairs, a Public Affairs and Political Consulting firm located in St Paul where he focuses on grassroots and strategic consulting. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network, a non-profit focused on advocating for kids stuck in the system looking for forever families. He lives in Blaine.
“I am excited to get going in this new role with the MNGOP to keep growing the party and help communicate a compelling message of conservative solutions and ideas,” said Tiedeman regarding his election.

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