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Political parties prepare for 2022 election cycle

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ST. PAUL, MN-- Minnesota political parties are gearing up for a busy election cycle in 2022.

"We're already at work, as I like to say the day after the last election is the first day of the next election," said Ken Martin DFL party chairman.

The ballot will be full as just about every state and federal seat will be up for grabs.

This means a gubernatorial race is coming our way, as well as the attorney general and secretary of state elections to name a few.

GOP party chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said, "We drove all around the state in the month of January for a statewide tour to strengthen all our local party units."

Party leaders said it'll also be busy as the redistricting process is starting to take place which could have a big impact on congressional and state seats available.

"Given that, it's always a little disruptive in that candidates will have to run in new districts," said Martin. "Other candidates will have to potentially run against other candidates if they're paired together."

But due to the pandemic, the redistricting process has been delayed.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday data won't be released until September.

"It does impact things on how lines may or may not be re-drawn. But I think at this point, our goal as a party is to continue to build our operations," said Carnahan.

Governor Tim Walz, a Democrat has not officially announced if he'll run again. But his campaign has been fundraising.
So far, no one from the GOP party has announced a plan to run for the Governor's seat.
Both party leaders say it's too early to make any election result predictions.

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Emma Quinn

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