This was supposed to be the year that Minnesota mattered in presidential politics.
The Democratic and Republican parties wedged their usually sleepy caucuses into Super Tuesday and made the votes binding in the eventual selection of convention delegates.
So far, it's been a tale of two parties.
Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both made plays, dumping a healthy amount into TV advertising and ground-level organizing. A pair of dueling ads feature well-known local surrogates, Sen. Al Franken making a pitch for Clinton and Rep. Keith Ellison urging people to caucus for Sanders.
Both candidates have made multiple stops, including back-to-back appearances at a major party dinner. Sanders devoted crucial hours last month to a rally in far northern Minnesota, hoping to sway voters in a struggling mining region with his message of economic justice.
Clinton was blown out in 2008 by then-Sen. Barack Obama, so her campaign built up sooner and scooped up high-profile endorsements to fend off another insurgent candidate.
There has been virtually no pre-caucus polling and some Democratic insiders predict a tight race.
On the Republican side, there was light foot traffic among the hopefuls and not a penny put into broadcast ads. Only Marco Rubio paid a visit since the nomination voting began.
Candidates with deep ties to social conservatives usually perform well. But in a state that delivered Jesse Ventura to the governor's mansion, no one was counting out Donald Trump.
Come fall, Minnesota may be back to flyover territory. No Republican nominee has won the state since 1972, and the party hasn't notched any kind of statewide win in a decade. — Brian Bakst, Minnesota Public Radio