Gov. Mark Dayton joined other DFL candidates in Rochester Wednesday afternoon to urge Democrats to get to the polls Tuesday and cast their ballots.
Otherwise, he warned the crowd of about 100 supporters that the state could be headed for Washington, D.C.-style gridlock if Republicans regain control of the Minnesota House and the Governor's Mansion.
"We've got a lot at stake here. We've got six more days," Dayton said. "We need your help. If we get a good turnout here and around the 1st District, we're going to win. We're going to go back and we're going to make more progress happen for Minnesota."
Democrats have a lot on the line headed into Tuesday's elections. Republicans only need to gain seven seats in order to win control of the Minnesota House. Dayton is running for re-election against Republican Jeff Johnson. Also up for grabs is a U.S. Senate seat, with DFL Sen. Al Franken trying to fend off a challenge from Republican Mike McFadden.
As part of its get-out-the-vote efforts, the Minnesota DFL is sponsoring a statewide bus tour in the final days before the election. The bus rolled into the parking lot in front of the local DFL office in Rochester Wednesday afternoon. Joining Dayton on the tour were his running mate Tina Smith, 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz, Speaker of the House Paul Thissen and legislative candidates Tina Liebling, Lynn Schoen and Rich Wright.
During the rally, Thissen blamed Republicans for the longest state government shutdown in state history in 2011 and borrowing $2 billion from schools to balance the budget. He pledged that if Democrats are re-elected, they will push for increased early childhood education, freezing college tuition and investing in transportation.
"That's the kind of Minnesota we want to create. And if we win in six days from now, we are going to be able to do that, "Thissen said.
In response to the DFL attacks, Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said in an interview the Democrats have failed to address the biggest issues facing the state. Those include the state's crumbling transportation infrastructure, the achievement gap between white and minority students and the state's underemployment rate. Instead, Democrats supported building the costly Senate office building, bringing Obamacare to Minnesota and allowing in-home daycare owners to unionize.
"Frankly, Minnesotans need us in the majority. I think balance and compromise is something we could use at the Capitol," Daudt said.