Photos: Diehards and newcomers don't fill up caucus rooms


Ruth Richardson, candidate for House of Representatives District 52B
1 "I have to say it takes a bit of nerve to be up in front of a crowd like this, but I have to be accountable," said Ruth Richardson, candidate for House of Representatives District 52B, who laughs with Precinct 4 members during a DFL caucus at Simley Senior High School in Inver Grove Heights on Tuesday. Richardson has never held an office before. 
First-time caucus goer Sherry Warrick locates her precinct.
2 "Here I am," said first-time caucus goer Sherry Warrick, who locates her precinct at a DFL caucus at Simley Senior High School. "I'm excited. I want to learn what these candidates stand for," said Warrick, a member of the ISD 199 school board. 
Abdiaziz Dafar is attending his first DFL caucus at Simley Senior High.
3 "I really want to vote some of these people out," said Abdiaziz Dafar, who is attending his first DFL caucus in Inver Grove Heights. "I'm excited. I want to turn things around," he said. Assisting Dafar is volunteer Nicholas Reising, left. 
A DFL student guide helps a constituent to his caucus
4 Student guide and Eden Prairie High School senior Addie Rodriguez helps Mark Vinge find which classroom his precinct caucuses were meeting in, at Eden Prairie High School. 
A map of Eden Prairie's 1st precinct hangs on a classroom door
5 A map of Eden Prairie's 1st Precinct hangs on a classroom door inside of Eden Prairie High School. 
Nicole Davis and her daughter wait for Davis' fiance.
6 "This is definitely nerve wracking," said Nicole Davis, who helps 2-year-old Cecilia Dittberner with a game on her tablet during a DFL caucus at Simley Senior High School. Davis' fiance (and Cecilia's father), Geoff Dittberner, is running for House seat 52B and was running late for his appearance at the caucus. 
Attendees get room assignment for the GOP caucus
7 Eden Prairie residents who turned out to caucus for the GOP get their room assignments before they began at Eden Prairie High School. 
Sen. Karin Housley, left, makes a stop at the Republican caucuses.
8 State Sen. Karin Housley, left, District 39, makes a stop at the Republican caucuses at Eden Prairie High School. 
'Seems I forgot to bring a deck of cards,' said Marty Strub.
9 "Seems I forgot to bring a deck of cards," said Marty Strub, who has to fill the remainder of an hourlong sparsely-attended Precinct 10 meeting at a DFL caucus at Simley Senior High. "We only had three show up last time around," said Strub. 
Votes for preferred DFL gubernatorial candidate are tallied
10 Votes for preferred DFL gubernatorial candidate are tallied on a whiteboard inside of Eden Prairie High School. 
Republicans David Anderson, left, and Barry Marchaut sit in a GOP caucus
11 Registered Republicans David Anderson, left, and Barry Marchaut sit in a lightly attended GOP caucus for Eden Prairie's 10th Precinct. 
DFL caucus convenor Saoudy Saoudy leads Eden Prarie's 10th precinct
12 DFL caucus convener Saoudy Saoudy leads Eden Prairie's 10th precinct caucus. 
Leah Lahrer, left and Joan Howe-Pullis read vote tallies
13 Leah Lahrer, left and Joan Howe-Pullis read the vote tallies for Eden Prairie's 9th Precinct caucus inside of Eden Prairie High School. 
Markus Niemioja, 3, toughs it out during a Precinct 1 discussion of rules.
14 Three-year-old Markus Niemioja toughs it out during a Precinct 1 discussion of rules during a DFL caucus at Simley Senior High. "He's actually kind of sort of used to these kinds of meetings," said his mom, Elizabeth Niemioja, right. 
State Senator Steve Cwodzinski
15 State Sen. Steve Cwodzinski walks the halls of Eden Prairie High School where he was once a teacher, at the DFL caucuses. "I used to tell my students 'making laws is like making sausage,' you shouldn't watch the process," Cwodzinski told multiple rooms during the night. 
Snow held down attendance at the GOP caucus in Worthington.
16 Snow held down attendance at the GOP caucus at Worthington Senior High, where about 20 people came out in spite of the weather. 
A jammed stapler brings a Precinct 8 caucus meeting to a temporary halt.
17 A jammed stapler brings a sparsely attended Precinct 8 caucus meeting to a temporary halt. 
Tim Higgins, with his wife Barb, left, proposes a platform change.
18 Tim Higgins, with his wife Barb, left, proposes an expansion of the "Stand Your Ground" platform during a Precinct 8 caucus meeting at a Republican caucus at Inver Grove Heights Middle School. 
Mark Bitner, a Precinct 8 convener, urges his charges to hang in there.
19 Mark Bitner, a Precinct 8 convener, urges his charges to hang in there during the meeting at a Republican caucus at Inver Grove Heights Middle School. 
Bill Anderson, one of a few attendees in a Precinct 8 caucus meeting
20 "They put the chairs up because they figured no one would show," said Bill Anderson, one of a few attendees in a Precinct 8 caucus meeting during a Republican caucus at Inver Grove Heights Middle School. "It's an off-year election. What are you gonna do?" 
A caucus convener delivers his precinct's votes
21 A caucus convener delivers his precinct's votes for gubernatorial candidate inside of Eden Prairie High School. 
Mary Frances Clardy nominated herself to be vice chair of Precinct 4.
22 "I'm shy, can't you tell?" said Mary Frances Clardy, who nevertheless nominated herself to be vice chair of Precinct 4 during a DFL caucus in Inver Grove Heights. 
Eden Prairie High School classrooms are lit late into the evening
23 Eden Prairie High School classrooms are lit late into the evening for caucuses in Eden Prairie.