Another presidential candidate is coming to Rochester


Another presidential campaign is rolling through Rochester.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will hold a rally in the city on Monday, Nov. 9, according to Minnesota for Rand Paul.

The senator, son of former congressman (and frequent presidential candidate) Ron Paul, will appear at the Rochester Eagles Club at 4:30 p.m. that day.

A Minnesota for Rand Paul update says he'll hold a rally at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities before arriving in Rochester, and later, will appear at a fundraising event at a private home in Orono, which is outside of Minneapolis.

He also managed to pack into this already busy day a swing through the Northland, where he'll be speaking at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

The Rochester event comes just one day before the big Republican debate in Wisconsin, relatively close to the Med City. It'll be held at the Milwaukee Theater in, naturally, Milwaukee, according to a Washington Post debate schedule.

Why Rochester?

Paul is at least the third presidential candidate – and the second Republican – to court Rochester this year, the Post Bulletin says, noting that the first GOP candidate to appear was former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who visited in May.

The Star Tribune's Hot Dish Politics blog has referred to Minnesota's First Congressional District – which includes Rochester – as having "long leaned toward" the Republican party. And that's true, historically.

From 1893 to 1983, it was Republican or nothing. After that, there was one long-serving Democrat, followed by Republican Gil Gutknecht who held the seat for 12 years. And since 2007, it's been Democratic Rep. Tim Walzaccording to BallotPedia.

And Walz, according to GovTrack, is basically a centrist – not a far-leaning Democrat.

Locally, the state senator for Rochester is Carla Nelson, a Republican. The state representatives in the immediate area are Democrats Tina Liebling and Kim Norton, and Republicans Nels Pierson and Duane Quam.

So what does all this mean? There are voters on both sides of the political spectrum to woo.

Bernie Sanders campaigned in Rochester back in July as "part of a larger strategy to build support in Democratic-leaning states," MPR writes. The Vermont senator is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic party's presidential nomination.

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