There’s a bit of everything in this list that Minnesota election analysts will be watching closely, including a variety of suburbs, small rural towns, etc. The big questions are whether areas that voted for President Barack Obama and then for Donald Trump flip back to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party; whether the Democrats can push even farther into the suburbs; and whether a flood of white, non-college voters show up Tuesday.
Considering Minnesota starts processing ballots ahead of time and reports most results in each precinct at once, these will tell us a lot.
We should also know the results of these precincts between 9 and 9:30. If, by that point, President Donald Trump is still carrying Osseo, Blaine 1-4, Coon Rapids 3-2, St. Cloud 1-4 and Grand Rapids 4, the state could be close.
On the other hand, if Joe Biden flips those precincts and starts flipping places like Lino Lakes 4 and/or Lakeville 15, he is probably running away with it.
Some of these precincts will tell us a lot about down ballot races, too. If Rita Albrect is carrying Grand Rapids 4 and Bonnie Westlin is carrying Osseo, the GOP state Senate majority is in trouble.