February 07, 2018 02:54 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Hundreds of people came out to support both Democrats and Republicans running for office.
"This is the first step towards November, and it doesn't slow down from here," Aaron Miller with Republicans of Olmsted County said.
Tuesday night, Minnesota caucuses for the 2018 election were in full swing. In Rochester, people came to cast their vote for who they'd like to see representing them in their home city and across the state.
"I'm really here tonight to listen to some of the other members of the caucus and the individuals they're bringing because I want to hear what other ideas and what other issues are important," Rochester resident Mark Ereth said.
Down the street at Willow Creek Middle School, Democrats were also talking about changes they'd like to see city and statewide.
"I want to see candidates talk about more for living wage, somebody who is advocating for $15 an hour," Rochester resident Hodan Abdullahi said.
Candidate Abdulkadir Abdalla encouraged the Somali community to come out to caucus. He announced he's running for House District 26A, the seat currently held by Rep. Tina Liebling who is running for governor.
"People, wherever they come from, need each other, we're all humans, if we are divided we become weak, if we are united, we become strong," Rochester resident Mohamoud Hamud said.
However, whether you're a Democrat, or a Republican, everyone has the same goal in mind.
"It's proven what Minnesota can do," Hamud said.
"We want to preserve a good sound, family-based, Minnesota lifestyle," Ereth said.
Here are the unofficial results from Tuesday night's Caucuses for Minnesota Governor.
These are the unofficial results as of 2:16 p.m. Wednesday and are 95% complete.
2018 Precinct Caucus Preference Ballot Results DLF:
Tim Walz: 30.55 %
Rebecca Otto: 20.02%
Erin Murphy: 13.14%
Chris Coleman: 11.69%
Tina Liebling: 6.16%
Paul Thissen: 4.65%
2018 Precinct Caucus Preference Ballot Results GOP:
Jeff Johnson: 45.42%
Keith Downey: 14.57%
Phillip Parrish: 11.98%
Mary Giuliani Stephens: 11.89%
Lance Johnson: 0.48%
Updated: February 07, 2018 02:54 PM
Created: February 06, 2018 11:26 PM
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