MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are calling for volunteers for the Republican National Convention.
Organizers for the convention say so far only about half of the 10,000 volunteers needed have signed up for convention this summer that's based in St. Paul.
Volunteers are needed for jobs ranging from welcoming delegates to working security.
Teresa McFarland is a spokeswoman for the 2008 Republican National Convention. She says party affiliation isn't a concern.
She says it's been 116 years since there was a major-party endorsing convention in Minnesota and this is a chance to make history.
The Democratic National Convention in Denver is dealing with the opposite problem, namely too many volunteers. More than 26,000 people have signed up to help, while only 10,000 are needed.
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