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Minnesotans can put their mark on campaign

In one week, Minnesota will hold its presidential primary election, one of a number of states conducting such contests on what is known as “Super Tuesday.” A total of 14 will hold their presidential preference contests that day.

First and foremost, of course, we encourage citizens to brush up on the field of candidates and familiarize themselves with the candidates’ positions, if you have not already done so. There will be 15 Democrats listed on the ballot, although only eight are still campaigning. On the Republican side, only President Trump is on the ballot.

Second, we encourage citizens to get out and vote. The presidential primary is new, signed into law four years ago by then-Gov. Mark Dayton. While the political parties still hold caucuses (tonight, actually), the caucuses no longer influence the state’s role in nominating presidential candidates.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we extend our best wishes and backing to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota among those vying in the Democratic field.

Not surprisingly, Klobuchar holds a lead in the primary polls in the state. We cannot imagine that Minnesotans, who regularly return Klobuchar to office by wide margins, will not turn out to give her that same support March 3. She deserves it. The Democratic Party needs to make a sensible choice to offer the American public a viable alternative in the general election this fall. We cannot think of anyone in the Democratic field other than Klobuchar who has the necessary experience and common sense to be that choice.

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