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Published February 07, 2012, 10:06 PM

EGF Caucusers Get Their Voices Heard

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Tonight's caucuses not just for presidential politics. Caucus participants also had the chance to discuss local and national issues of interest to them.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Tonight's caucuses not just for presidential politics. Caucus participants also had the chance to discuss local and national issues of interest to them.

The East Grand Forks caucus was filled with folks who've never been to one before. They say this year they want to speak up about local and national leaders as well as getting fellow republicans excited about the Presidential race.

Twenty East Grand Forks precincts discussed what republican presidential candidate should take office next January.

"This is the grass roots, this is where you really become involved," said Caucus Convener, Allan Okins.

Allan Okins says there are as many unknowns, tonight, as there are opinions.

"Politics have become a thing of interest now because of the problems our country is facing," says Romney supporter, Jerry Knute.

Jerry Knute thinks those who don't follow politics should start now. He says this election could be a big change for America and wants a candidate who can get more than just republican votes.

"Probably leaning towards Mitt Romney, got a good ability to get some of the conservatives and moderates," said Knute.

Others want a candidate who isn't just winning because of his money.

"That would be Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney's record speaks for himself why he shouldn't be the nominee." said Santorum supporter, Jake Runzel.

Although Jake Runzel has a candidate in mind, he says he'll go with the flow tonight as well as in the fall even if his choice isn't on the ballot.

"When it comes to the general election I'll be willing to support anyone who makes the republican nomination. Mostly because I want my voice out there," said Runzel.

Caucus goers were allowed no more than 10 minutes to discuss conflicting issues at each table to ensure they had plenty of time to discuss other topics.

There are currently 37 delegates at stake in Minnesota to the Republican Convention.

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