ANDOVER, Minn. (KMSP) - While most Republican presidential candidates chose to steer clear of Minnesota during their campaigns for the nomination, Sen. Marco Rubio was the only GOP candidate who made multiple trips to the state, including making a stop in the Twin Cities on Super Tuesday.
Rubio was the only GOP candidate to open a campaign office in the state. He flew in for a quick rally in a jam-packed Andover banquet hall in Anoka County just hours before caucusing was set to begin.
Rubio arrived in Minnesota with his chief Republican rival Donald Trump in his cross hairs. The Florida senator tore into the GOP front runner in his stump speech, suggesting to supporters that a vote for trump in Tuesday night's caucus is in essence a vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in November.
“If any state in the country has experience electing someone who runs on the promise of a tough talking celebrity, it’s Minnesota,” Rubio said. “How did that work out for Jesse Ventura?”
In addition to Trump, the senator also attacked the Democrats; Clinton, President Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders.
As for Trump, he spent part of Super Tuesday at a campaign rally in Ohio, where he attacked his opponents and the media.
"The media is the most dishonest,” Trump said. “They are worse than politicians. They are the most dishonest people you will deal with."
Meanwhile Sen. Ted Cruz hopes to hold onto his White House dreams by winning his home state of Texas on Tuesday.
"Today is a big day,” Cruz said. “Today is the day we've been waiting for, for a year. Super Tuesday, I believe, is the single most important day of the Republican primary season."
Minnesota’s caucuses begin at 7 p.m. Find your polling place here: caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us
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