On the last leg of a nearly week long bus tour of the state, DFL party leaders gathered in Eden Prairie Monday afternoon to encourage suburban voters to get out and vote DFL from the top of the ticket on down.
DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin was particularly fired up less than 24 hours before the polls open. “We lost the Legislature by less than 3,000 votes,” Martin told the crowd of several dozen onlookers outside the Purgatory Creek Recreation Area. “That’s about 1 vote per precinct.”
He also said he hoped the city of Eden Prairie could see a Democrat in the state Senate for the first time in years.
The Eden Prairie Senate District 48 seat has recently become competitive, with operatives from both sides saying the race is within several points. DFL candidate Laurie McKendry, who is taking on incumbent GOP. Sen David Hann in the district, was on hand at the rally, standing alongside the district’s two DFL House candidates, Tori Hill and Yvonne Selcer. Selcer is also in an competitive race against GOP Rep. Kirk Stensrud.
“There has been more money spent than in the history of legislative elections,” DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen told the crowd. “But we are going to win because we have a positive vision.”
Thissen continued to rail on the record of the legislative Republicans, who won control of both chambers in a wave election last cycle. “They’re not telling the truth to the people of Minnesota right now,” he said. “You need to get out there and tell the truth to the people.”
DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk also thanked supporters and activists and pleaded with them to keep campaigning. “We need you for one more day,” he said.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL 3rd Congressional District candidate Brian Barnes also addressed the crowd.
Klobuchar made a reference to the leadership’s massive bus, which they had taken to about 30 or 40 different stops over the course of the last week. “Some people have super PACS,” Klobuchar said. “We have a super bus.”
DFL leaders will head to a rally at the University of Minnesota Monday evening and attend several midnight madness GOTV parties.