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DETROIT LAKES - Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party precinct caucuses for all 46 precincts in Becker County will be held at one location on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Community Center Ballroom in Detroit Lakes, local DFL Chair Dave Erickson announced.

The gates will open at 6 p.m. at the DLCCC, located at 826 Summit Avenue, and DFLers can begin registering at that time.

"Minnesota and 21 other states will be holding Democratic Primaries or caucuses that night--and DFLers have a great opportunity to be important players in who will be the Democratic Presidential Nominee in 2008!," said Erickson.

He urged all Becker County Democrats who want to be part of the process to come to the community center.

"Our DFL Caucus is actually the Minnesota Democratic Primary," he said. "We will hold Presidential Preference Balloting at the precinct caucus. This gives Minnesota DFLers an opportunity to be a part of the whole Super Tuesday phenomenon."

It's is not a straw poll in the sense of a sample feeling, he added. "It's a binding, statewide vote. That is, if a candidate gets 15 per cent or better across the state, then that percentage of the 88 Minnesota delegates is bound to vote for that candidate in the first round of balloting at the Democratic National Convention in Boston this summer."

Along with Minnesota's 88 delegates to the DNC, some of the other states and delegate numbers at stake in the nationwide Super Tuesday Democratic presidential sweepstakes include: California (441), New York (280), Illinois (185), New Jersey (127), Massachusetts (121), Georgia (103), Missouri (88), Tennessee (85), Colorado (71) and Arizona (67).

Approximately 1,700 Democratic National Convention delegates are up for grabs on Tuesday. A total of 2,025 delegates are necessary to secure the Democratic nomination at the DNC.

"With New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Illinois Senator Barack Obama running as close as they are, it's doubtful that the nomination will be wrapped up after Super Tuesday," Erickson said. "Especially since Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards will surely pick up some delegates that day as well ... so primaries scheduled for later in February in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas will also have great importance in the Democratic presidential sweepstakes."

Caucus attendees will also select delegates to the Becker County DFL Convention from their individual precincts.

"The convention will be held on March 1, at 10 a.m. at the Rossman Elementary School," Erickson said.

"The first step in the process is to attend the caucuses on Tuesday, Feb. 5. I strongly suggest getting to the Community Center promptly at 6 p.m. We expect record turnout!"

Here are the caucus locations for Becker County. All caucuses will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, unless otherwise noted.

• The Independence Party will gather in Room C-102 at the Detroit Lakes Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes, located at 900 Highway 34 East.

• The Republican Party will hold caucuses in several locations: The DL Community and Technical College, located at 900 Highway 34 East, the Wolf Lake Lions Club, located at 143 West Johnson Street, Wolf Lake, and the Frazee Fire Hall, located at 222 Main St. W.

Republicans must caucus in their precincts. Those who live in the City of Frazee and townships of Burlington and Silver Leaf will caucus in Frazee.

Those who will caucus in Wolf Lake are those who live in the cities and townships of Wolf Lake, Osage, Carsonville, Shell Lake, Green Valley, Green Valley, Runeberg, Spruce Grove, Toad Lake, Evergreen, Height of Land, Savanah, Two Inlets, Forest, Pine Point, Round Lake, Eagle View, Sugar Bush, Maple Grove and White Earth.

Everybody else in Becker County will caucus in Detroit Lakes, according to Republican County Chairman Peter Belaga.

• The Constitution Party will caucus a few days earlier than the major parties, on Saturday, Feb. 2 at noon at the Moorhead Public Library, located at 807 11th Street North Moorhead.

• Green Party caucuses will be at 7 p.m. on March 4. No location is available yet.

For more information or to find the caucus closest to you, go to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Web site.

Precinct caucuses are the first step used by Minnesota's major political parties to select the candidates and issues they will support in the 2008 elections.

Delegates elected at the precinct caucus will go on to party conventions held later in the year.

For more information about candidates, visit their Web sites.


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