FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- On the day before the first day of "The Great Minnesota Get-Together," hundreds of people flocked to booths to complete their set-up. Included in the massive workforce were volunteers for political parties.
"This is important to us," MN GOP Chairman Keith Downey told KARE 11. "It's a great opportunity," MNN DFL Executive Director Corey Day said.
The DFL booth estimates that it'll see 100,000 passers-by on each of the 12 days. "You come out to the state fair and you start seeing the people, you see the real people of Minnesota from throughout the state. They're from all corners of this state. (It helps) you remember what we're here for and that's what I love about the state fair," Day explained, as volunteers folded t-shirts behind him.
A couple of blocks away, the GOP crew was hoisting up signs on the front of its building. "All the political polling that political types do, you know what, nothing can replace standing here with tens of thousands of Minnesotans walking by and just hearing what's on their mind," Downey said.
Let's face it, the 2014 campaign season is already in full swing. The Governor's race and congressional races are already racing towards the finish line. "The state fair is a great place for recruiting volunteers. If you're going to be running against Al Franken (for example) as a Republican, you want to start building a group of supporters who can go to the precincts and become part of the endorsing process, become a volunteer, or maybe a donor," U of M Political Science Director Larry Jacobs told KARE 11.
So bring a full wallet, an empty stomach, and an open mind to the fairgrounds, which are also a political battleground. "It's basically fun and it's high energy," GOP Chair Downey concluded. "It really does fire folks up," DFL Dir. Day noted.
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