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Morrison County delegates Wenzel, Schultz cast votes for Trump

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Ahead of the 2020 Republican National Convention set in Charlotte, North Carolina, the week of Aug. 24, two local Morrison County delegates cast their ballots for the Republican nomination.

Steve Wenzel of Little Falls and Isaac Schultz of Upsala cast their ballots for Donald J. Trump for president and Michael R. Pence for vice president to formally nominate the candidates re-election.

Early this year, the campaign began to elect the grassroots delegates who would represent their communities and their party at the national convention which is the culmination of the party's nomination process. Since that time, delegates have been elected to county, district, and state conventions before ultimately being elected to the Republican National Convention.

According to a news release, while rare, Morrison County once again has an oversized seat at the table with the election of Wenzel and Schultz. For the second straight presidential election cycle, Morrison County has two of Minnesota's 39 delegates allotted. In 2016, Morrison County was the top voting county for Trump in the race versus Hillary Clinton with Trump receiving over 73% of the vote in the race, which was decided by less than 2% statewide. In 2020, Trump is seeking to be the first Republican to win Minnesota since Richard Nixon. With the Republican nomination, President Donald Trump will face Democrat former Vice President Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 General Election.

"I was greatly honored to be again elected a delegate from Minnesota to the Republican National Convention and to be able, again as in 2016, to vote to re-nominate President Trump for a second term as our president,โ€ Wenzel stated in the release. โ€œPresident Trump's leadership led our nation to a great economic boom and will again restore our economy when the China virus/pandemic is gone. President Trump also restored America's national defense and our military to one of strength following President Obama's decimation of our national defense budget and military strength.โ€

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