(CNN) - Tuesday is the first multiple-state contest in the Republican presidential race, and there's more at stake than just delegates. A combined 70 delegates are up for grabs in Colorado and Minnesota, while none will be awarded in Missouri's non-binding primary.
But more important than the delegate count is the momentum candidates could gain or lose.
(CNN) - Seventy delegates and a whole lot of momentum: That's what's at stake Tuesday when three states hold contests in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
It's the first day so far this cycle with multiple contests and with a total of 70 delegates up for grabs in caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota, it's the largest haul yet in the race for the White House. While the two states won't officially award delegates Tuesday night (that will happen down the road at district and state conventions), the news media, including CNN, will use the results to make unofficial delegate estimates.
(CNN) - The super PAC backing Rick Santorum went up with a television ad in Minnesota Thursday lumping frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney together with President Barack Obama.
The spot, "Only One," is the second ad the Red, White and Blue Fund produced this week promoting Santorum in states with upcoming presidential contests. The group announced Wednesday they were running ads in Missouri ahead of the state's February 7 non-binding preference vote.
Eagan, Minnesota (CNN) – Mitt Romney sparkled as he took the stage in Eagan, Minnesota, the day after a blowout victory in Florida's primary.
But the glint in Romney's hair and on his blazer wasn't a post-victory glow. Instead, the GOP candidate was dusted in glitter thrown by a young male protester before Romney took the stage.
(CNN) - Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann raised more than $1.7 million in the final three months of 2011 and finished the year with nearly $360,000 in the bank, her now-suspended campaign announced Tuesday.
The Minnesota congresswoman, who ended her presidential bid on Jan. 4 after a disappointing sixth place finish in the Iowa caucuses, will run for re-election to keep her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Miami (CNN) - Rick Santorum's campaign announced late Sunday night what its candidate had been hinting at for more than a week: he has canceled all remaining events in Florida and instead will begin a push towards the western primaries and caucuses to be held in early February.
In an email sent out just minutes after Santorum finished participating in a tele-town hall with Florida voters, the campaign announced events in Missouri and Minnesota on Monday, followed by trips to Colorado and Nevada on Tuesday.
(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who dropped a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in January, will run for re-election to Congress in 2012, her campaign said Wednesday.
Bachmann's political future had been in question ever since she announced she was suspending her presidential campaign on January 4, the day after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses. Bachmann has represented Minnesota's sixth district since 2007, but gained an outsized profile in the last three years for her vocal support of the tea party movement and her presidential bid.
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Minnesota shutdown is over.
Governor Mark Dayton signed a $35.7 billion budget on Wednesday, ending the longest state shutdown in recent history.
The signing came shortly after lawmakers approved a two-year spending plan in the wee hours of the morning. It ended a impasse that shuttered much of the state government for the past 19 days.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - It's almost over.
Minnesota lawmakers will take up the state budget Tuesday afternoon, the latest step in ending the nation's longest government shutdown in recent years.
Lawmakers will vote on 12 bills that were drawn up in accordance with the budget deal that Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders reached last Thursday.
St. Paul, Minn., (CNNMoney) – Democratic governor Mark Dayton and leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature have reach a deal that will close the Minnesota's budget gap end the state's government shutdown "within days."
"It is my understanding that we have reached an agreement," Dayton said, as the visibly tired legislators emerged from a three hour meeting at the Capitol to speak to press.