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Australia SailGP Team helmed by Tom Slingsby celebrate on board their F50 catamaran after winning the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix in Sydney, Australia. Saturday 25th February 2024. Photo: Simon Bruty for SailGP. Handout image supplied by SailGP

Australia wins 2024 KPMG Australia Sail GP

The Australia SailGP Team emerged victorious at the 2024 KPMG Australia Sail GP following an incredible weekend of racing on Sydney Harbour. Over two days of intense competition, the ten participating countries grappled with varying conditions, ranging from solid southerlies to more stable northerlies, offering spectators the fast and furious racing they were promised.

On the first day of racing, teams reconfigured their F50’s with smaller wings and lower aspect foils to contend with higher wind speeds. While this setup reduces drag and facilitates higher speeds, it also posed challenges for foiling maneuvers due to the decreased lift. In such demanding conditions, consistency emerged as the crucial factor, with teams like ROCKWOOL Denmark, Australia, and New Zealand exhibiting commendable performances.

As the event progressed into its second day, competitors experienced our home water in a different setting compared to the previous day. Lighter, more stable breeze and less choppy water. Boats were again reconfigured, featuring the largest available wings, jibs and foils to match the gentle racing environment, leading to another thrilling day of competition.

Despite the Australian’s sluggish start on the final day, the team rallied and secured their spot in the event finals alongside ROCKWOOL Denmark and team New Zealand. Demonstrating their mastery of the F50, the Australians surged ahead, overtaking the Danish team at the first top mark rounding and continued on to claim victory.

This triumph marks the first win for the Australians in Season 4. Moreover, it solidifies their position at the top of the overall leaderboard, extending their lead to 8 points over team New Zealand. With the next event set to unfold in Christchurch, New Zealand, followed by four more events, the race for the Season 4 SAILGP title remains fiercely contested.

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Aussies claim first win of SailGP season on day of chaos on Sydney harbour

SailGP got wild in Sydney.

Team Australia has enjoyed a brilliant opening day of the Australia SailGP in Sydney, sitting equal-top on the leaderboard after three of the weekend’s five fleet races.

The first day of the eighth event of season four saw some of the heaviest winds of the campaign, but they were still less than 25 knots southerly forecast earlier in the week.

Teams had been hoping to break the magical 100km/h mark (the previous top speed is 99.94km/h) if a strong southerly buster rolled through, but there was nevertheless plenty of excitement as the field of 10 F50 catamarans did battle on Sydney Harbour.

“A southerly buster and geez, its all going to be on,’’ Canadian skipper Phil Robertson had said in the lead-up of the weekend. “It’s big boy pants weather, it’s going to be on. Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride.’’

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So tricky were the conditions that only two teams were able to practice on Friday, meaning most of the team came in cold on Saturday’s racing.

Australia – winners of all three previous SailGP seasons and championship leaders entering this weekend – claimed their first race win of the season, dominating the first fleet race on Saturday to beat Denmark by a minute and five seconds. Top rivals New Zealand were in third.

Legendary skipper Tom Slingsby said after the race: “Perfect way to start, no complaints. It was tough … we sailed really well.

“You saw how it is, you’re on and off the foils, light patches down to five knots and gusts up to 18 knots.”

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The second race start was delayed by seven minutes with Canada struggling with technical issues which eventually saw them unable to start the race at all.

The Australians had a poor start to the race, with Germany and Spain leading the way to the first turn.

Australia were only in eighth at the second turn – of the nine yachts to start the race – but made a sensational recovery to reach fourth by gate three and third by the end of the next downwind leg.

It was a gripping fight with Spain for the lead on the next upwind leg, but the young Spanish team emerged unscathed and held on to win over Australia’s Flying Roo by just five seconds.

Meanwhile there was wild drama behind the leaders as Germany nearly hit a turning marker – and also nearly capsized – as they tried to squeeze past France while going 60km/h, nearly twice as fast as the French.

Germany did not have right of way and were forced to take evasive action.

France recovered to finish fourth, while Germany only managed to finish second-last.

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Spain driver Diego Boutin said: “We were expecting more winds, but for us it’s full on. It’s super hard conditions to sail this boat.”

Canada was unable to fix their technical issues and were rubbed out of the third and final race on Saturday, while Australia enjoyed a horror start to the race as the reached Mark 1 only third-last.

New Zealand’s legendary stand-in skipper Nathan Outteridge stormed up the field to surge into a giant lead at the halfway mark of the race ahead of Germany. Australia reached mark four in fifth, but charged after the turn upwind and finished the race fourth.

Denmark finished second behind New Zealand, with France finishing third just five seconds ahead of Australia.

After the first day of racing, Australia sit equal-top in the event standings with Denmark on 26 points, with New Zealand in second on 24 points. France were fourth on 21 points, with Spain fifth on 20.

There are two more fleet races on Sunday afternoon (from 4pm AEDT) before a winner-takes all final between the top-three-placed teams based on the standings after the five fleet races.

Outteridge said: “Tomorrow’s conditions will probably be quite different, a little bit east and probably a lot lighter.”

He called it “a fantastic day at Sydney Harbour. Where else would you want to be, mate?”

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Witness the world's best sailing athletes from nine nations battle it out at electrifying speeds in flying F50 foiling catamarans on one of the world’s best harbours for Season 3 of SailGP.

The most exciting racing on water, KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix takes place over the weekend of 18-19 February 2023 showcasing the best Sydney Harbour has to offer. 

Choose from a range of free and ticketed spectator experiences both on and off-water. Be front row on Genesis Island in the middle of the harbour to experience the drama, excitement and glamour. Go behind-the-scenes with an exclusive tour of the 'pit lane garages' where athletes and shore teams prepare one of the world’s fastest sail racing boats, the high tech F50. Away from the racing, the SailGP Village at Barangaroo offers exciting programming for fans. There is something for everyone!

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SailGP’s high-speed action hits Sydney Harbour

SailGP’s seventh and penultimate event of Season Two returns to the iconic Sydney Harbour this week, December 17-18, for the Australia Sail Grand Prix presented by KPMG.

As the purpose-led racing league draws toward a dramatic conclusion on the global championship calendar, there has already been plenty of drama as the world’s best athletes go head-to-head, racing in the identical, hydro foiling, high-tech F50 catamarans. 

The season is set for a thrilling finish with just one point separating the top three teams on the championship leaderboard heading into Friday’s first day of racing. 

Two-time America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill’s United States team and Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge’s Japan team sit just behind Slingsby’s Australia. 

Driver of the Great Britain team, Sir Ben Ainslie – the most successful Olympic sailor of all time – sits in fourth place and will be looking for a big result in Sydney to make the season-ending Grand Final in San Francisco, with Slingsby making it clear at the pre-event press conference that he’s hoping Ainslie doesn’t feature in the winner-take-all $1million race in San Francisco next March.

Slingsby said: “If we had to choose, it would probably be for Ben to miss out as he’s very good at performing on the big stage. And, in San Francisco we are expecting windy conditions, so it would be good to have Nathan – who is a bit of a light air specialist – over Ben, who is a heavy air specialist.”

For his part, Ainslie said he was trying to restore national sporting pride for Great Britain after some difficult recent results for the England cricket team on their Australian tour. The last time SailGP was on Sydney Harbour in February 2020, Ainslie’s team claimed victory. 

Ainslie said: “We’ve been a little sore with the cricket results so far, so we’ve got to try and keep the British sporting challenge up, but it is going to be tough. As Tom said, there is great competition out on the Harbour, and the competition has just gone up massively. 

“It’s just a wonderful place to sail – it’s got everything really. It’s a challenge because the wind is always shifting over the land, and the people really love their sport and their sailing. There aren’t that many places in the world where you have this kind of set-up. This city is right up there with my favorite sailing spots in the world.”

Ainslie is also looking to exorcise the demons of his last race in Cádiz when the British F50 dramatically capsized. 

Ainslie said: “The capsize did hurt, we wiped out going around 80-85 km/h, and it was really frustrating because we were in a good position in the final race. At the last couple of events we’ve made some critical errors at key moments, and caused ourselves quite a few penalty points. We’ve got the package in terms of getting the results, and we just need to put it all together and try to avoid these critical mistakes.”

In contrast, Slingsby’s Australia team comes into the race in hot form after victory in the last Sail Grand Prix in Cádiz, and has topped the podium in three of the last four events. Slingsby was also recently named Rolex World Sailor of the Year and is featured in the newest episode of SailGP Racing on the Edge .

Slingsby said: “It’s amazing to be back on Sydney Harbour, and I’m proud and really excited to show the Australian public how far SailGP has come. We came here in a couple of our early events, and I’m really proud of where SailGP is now.

“Last time here we lost, and we didn’t sail well, and we got beaten on home waters. But look, I just want to perform well, I don’t worry about the other names on the boats, they are all just competition.”

Currently sitting in third place in the championship, Japan driver Outteridge said he’s expecting his countryman Slingsby to come out firing in the Sydney. 

“I’m sure Tom’s learnt a lot from last year. I don’t think the pressure will get to him as badly as it did last time. He’s delegated more external responsibilities to team mates so he can focus on the racing. But the fleet is so much closer than it was last time and I think there will be a mixed bag of results this weekend. I would love to beat him this weekend.”

Sydney will also see the continuation of the Women’s Pathway Program (WPP), which saw athletes onboard the F50 during racing for the first time at the previous event in Spain. Once again the female athletes will be taking on a variety of roles across the fleet including grinding, tactics and communications.

Slingsby said he can’t wait to have Nina Curtis back on board and feel what it’s like to race on home waters in front of a home crowd.

Slingsby said: “I think it will be amazing for Nina, she is our lucky charm; she’s one-for-one, one race, one win. She’s just a great addition for us, Nina is really excited and her enthusiasm is really infectious for our team.” 

For her part, Curtis said the team was hungry for a win on home soil and extremely focused heading into the event. 

Curtis said: “It’s going to be unreal, Sydney Harbour is so big but it can feel really small on these F50s, we get up to such high speeds, it’s all a bit surreal honestly, sailing in my home waters.” 

The Sydney Sail Grand Prix will comprise two days of racing, with five fleet races followed by a podium race with the top three boats in the ultimate showdown to decide the winner on Saturday. 

The weekend is not to be missed and limited tickets for fan experiences are still available. To find out more and secure your tickets, visit SailGP.com/Sydney .

For fans further away, the action can be watched in over 175 territories, including live on Fox Sports and KAYO in Australia. Full details can be found at SailGP.com/Watch .

SailGP Season Championship leaderboard (after 7 events): 1 // Australia // 45 pts

2 // United States // 44 pts

3 // Japan // 44 pts 

4 // Great Britain // 40 pts

5 // New Zealand // 36 pts

6 // Spain // 35 pts

7 // Denmark // 33 pts

8 // France // 31 pts

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Sailgp returns to sydney harbour for record fifth time next february, the world’s most exciting race on-water – sailgp – returns to sydney for a record fifth time over the weekend of 24 and 25 february 2024..

The stunning Sydney Harbour will host the exhilarating eighth event of the thirteen-stop global championship, which visits iconic cities around the world including San Francisco, New York, Auckland, and Los Angeles.

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Spectators will not only witness heart-stopping racing as 10 nations go head-to-head, but enjoy premium hospitality with one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops. There is something for everyone with a variety of ticketing options giving fans access to a range of on-water and on-land fan experiences.

SailGP fan experiences include:

  • Genesis Island, offering a front row position in the middle of the race course
  • Official spectator boats to get you into the heart of the racing action on the water
  • Bring Your Own Boat (BYOB) program to watch the high-speed action on the water from your own boat
  • Team Base Tours offering behind the scenes access to the SailGP technical areas and teams as they prepare for battle
  • The SailGP Village at Barangaroo, providing a perfect venue to soak up the atmosphere and take part in exciting programming for fans

Last season, thousands of fans immersed themselves in the heart-pounding excitement on Sydney Harbour to watch the technologically-advanced 50-foot hydrofoiling catamarans fly over the water at breathtaking speeds of up to 100km/h.

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Following the Aussies three-peat victory in SailGP Season 3, even more spectators from across Australia and internationally are anticipated to support Tom Slingsby’s green and gold team as they compete against nine rival nations to maintain their position at the top of the Season 4 leaderboard.

Australia driver and CEO, Tom Slingsby said: “There’s no better feeling than a home event, and the spectators in Sydney always turn up in their thousands to show their support which is a fantastic experience. We’d love to see Aussies continue to rally behind us at this iconic event as we defend our title in front of a home crowd. It’s a really exciting time for sport in Sydney and we can’t wait to race in our home waters again!”

Tickets for Team Base Tours and Genesis Island are available now. On-water fan experiences are available from November 1. Buy now at SailGP.com/Sydney .

Team Base Tours and Genesis Island experiences are available to purchase now at SailGP.com/Sydney , with sailGP on-water fan experiences available from November 1.

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The KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix in Sydney is proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also supported by Genesis and SKYY Vodka.

The ticket categories available for the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix include:

GENESIS ISLAND

In the heart of the action, Genesis Island is the exclusive SailGP island arena located on Shark Island in the middle of the Sydney Harbour race course. For the first time in 2024, Gold, Silver and Bronze tickets will be available to select your preferred boarding time. Offering the best land-based view of the racing, together with big screens for action replays and live race commentary, Genesis Island is the ultimate day out and place to be. Guests can enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic hamper, access to premium open bars and exciting pre-and-post race entertainment, plus return ferries from the Race Village at Barangaroo while SailGP offsets the carbon footprint for each race day!

Tickets priced at $339 for Adult / AUD $250 for Child

GENESIS ISLAND PLATINUM

New for 2024, book a VIP group experience with Genesis Island Platinum and enjoy exclusive benefits. Witness the most exciting racing on water from your platinum reserved viewing area on the island and enjoy drink service right to your seat. Gold ferry boarding on the day will ensure your group is the first to the Island, with priority boarding offered post racing. Genesis Island Platinum is only available for groups of 10 and is suited for those looking to provide a unique corporate hospitality experience or for a group of friends who want a fabulous day out on Sydney Harbour. Tickets priced at $4,800 for a group of 10

TEAM BASE TOURS

Go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with this exclusive 45-minute guided tour of the ‘pit lane garages’ where SailGP shore teams prepare the high tech F50s, one of the world’s fastest sail racing boats. Offering a rare opportunity to see SailGP’s elite athletes, tours are led by expert hosts including Olympic medal winners and world-champion sailors.

Tickets priced at $65 for Adult / AUD $50 for Child

OFFICIAL SPECTATOR BOATS

Spectator boats offer an incredible view of the heart-stopping racing action on Sydney Harbour. Join one of the official SailGP spectator boats for the ultimate experience of the most competitive racing on-water with premium and general access options. More details coming soon.

SAILGP ADRENALINE YACHTS

SailGP continues its partnership with leading marine services agency BWA Yachting to manage and deliver SailGP Adrenaline Yachts – a premium superyacht experience taking place at each SailGP event. Adrenaline Yachts welcomes superyachts to the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix, offering preferential viewing inside the public exclusion zone on Sydney Harbour to witness the most exciting racing on water. For details about SailGP Adrenaline Yachts please contact: Laura Esteve Chief Business Development Officer at BWA Yachting [email protected]

SAILGP VILLAGE

The SailGP Village at Barangaroo will offer exciting programming for fans including F50 displays, Q&As and interactive programming with SailGP athletes. The SailGP Village will also host the fan shop ticket box office, plus boarding for on-water experiences, Genesis Island and Team Base Tours

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Enjoy watching the start of the 2024 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race on Saturday 27 July from amidst the action. 

Cheer on your friends and loved ones this year from the best vantage point on Sydney Harbour and come back to celebrate at the CYCA afterwards.

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City of Sydney considering development plans for city's tallest-ever buildings

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Construction firms Lendlease and Dexus have submitted proposals for two towers in Sydney's CBD.

If the plans are approved by the local council, the towers will be Sydney's tallest-ever buildings.

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The proposals will be discussed at a council committee meeting next week.

Sydney's skyline could be transformed by the city's tallest-ever buildings under development plans being considered by the local council.

Construction firms Dexus and Lendlease have submitted proposals for two adjacent skyscrapers at the northern end of the CBD.

At 305 and 309 metres respectively, the buildings will match the height of Sydney Tower, commonly known as Centrepoint Tower, which at 309m has been the city's tallest structure since it was completed more than 40 years ago.

Concept art of a skyscraper in Sydney.

One proposal by Lendlease, labelled the O'Connell Precinct, is for a 72-storey office tower large enough to accommodate 9,000 workers in the proximity of "business, retail, cultural and entertainment destinations".

It would be an irregular-shaped building located on the frontages of O'Connell, Spring and Bent streets, which is serviced by heavy and light rail services.

The precinct includes several existing buildings "the majority of which are anticipated to be demolished to facilitate the renewal for the new commercial redevelopment", the proposal to City of Sydney council says.

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The other proposal by Dexus, known as Pitt & Bridge, includes transforming a 3,200-square-metre site into a "green and global premium grade officer tower".

Dexus's vision includes a "new through-site link" that would improve pedestrian access to public transports in the city's northern and harbour portions.

Both plans will be discussed at a committee meeting next week before proceeding to a full council meeting.

According to a City of Sydney spokesperson, these proposals are a part of the Central Sydney Planning Strategy, which is the first major planning review of the CBD in 45 years.

Concept drawing of Sydney's skyline.

The current height restriction for skyscrapers in Sydney is 235m, but this strategy could allow for buildings taller than 300m.

"Following extensive consultation and three years of block-by-block research, we created a blueprint for planning and increased height done well – allowing the city to grow with new skyscrapers that will also ensure sunlight continues to shine on treasured public spaces," Sydney Mayor Clover Moore said.

"We can build tall towers in the city, we can see our skyline rise with iconic, sustainable buildings by following deep, evidence-based work that considers the current and future commercial, residential and recreational needs of our city."

'CBDs are the place to put really tall buildings'

Premier Chris Minns said he would like to see the proposed "buildings up and running".

"CBDs are the place to put really tall buildings. And I think we have to be comfortable with, and I think most Sydneysiders are comfortable with the idea that we're a big international city," he said.

"Our country's connection with the rest of the world does run through Sydney, and we need the office space, so I'd like to see those buildings up and running.

"We are very, very keen to remove any of the red tape and bureaucracy that stands in the way of Sydney progressing. A big measure of that progress is big buildings being built in the middle of the city."

Move away from 'horizontal skyline'

Local architect Philip Vivian has welcomed both proposals as an opportunity to evolve Sydney's skyline by adding "variety and height".

"[Sydney] is developing [into] a very horizontal skyline," he told ABC Radio Sydney .

Mr Vivian leads the Australia's Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which has long advocated for vertical growth in cities as a solution to growing populations and climate change.

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He said Sydney's current skyline is under-developed when compared to its international counterparts.

"If I look in the Asia Pacific region, there are a lot of buildings over 300 metres, which is what we call super tall," he said.

"You're getting buildings in China [between] 400 to 500 metres. And the tallest tower in the world is around 800 metres."

Due to radar restrictions set by Sydney Airport, Mr Vivian said the two proposed skyscrapers would not be allowed to exceed 310m.

City of Sydney's current building height restriction is 235m which Mr Vivian said was set "so that Centrepoint Tower would always be the tallest and most iconic building in Sydney".

"[But] that's a building from the late 70s and 80s. I think time has moved on."

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Should president joe biden drop his re-election bid here's where minnesota democrats stand.

A growing roster of prominent Democrats are calling on President Joe Biden to drop his re-election bid as fallout continues to spiral from his disastrous debate with former President Donald Trump. The Republican officially accepted his party's nomination on Thursday night in Milwaukee.

So far, three U.S. Senate Democrats and more than 20 in the House, including two members of the Minnesota delegation , have called on the president to withdraw from the race since the debate. Another Minnesota Democrat, U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, had previously mounted a failed challenge to Biden in a push to elevate concerns about the president's age.

The Democratic National Convention, where the party officially names its nominee, is still a month away. It's unclear what it would mean for the event if Biden drops out, or who stands the best chance to become the Democrats' standard-bearer.

"We have always been like herding cats in the Democratic Party and that's because there is no unified one-size-fits-all," Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday.

Here's where Minnesota's elected Democrats stand on whether Biden should drop out of the race:

Gov. Tim Walz

The governor has been one of Biden's staunchest supporters throughout the campaign and defended the president during television interviews in the wake of the debate. He told the PBS NewsHour in late June that he was "confident in the president's ability" and that a pivot to another nominee was "a discussion I'm not really having now."

Like other prominent Democrats, including House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Walz has begun saying the president himself must decide who the party standard-bearer should be going forward.

"The decision of who that candidate will be really falls on President Biden at this point in time," Walz said Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig

The three-term congresswoman was the first Democrat in the Minnesota delegation to explicitly call on Biden to drop out of the race following the June 27 debate.

"Given what I saw and heard from the president during last week's debate in Atlanta, coupled with the lack of a forceful response from the president himself following that debate, I do not believe that the president can effectively campaign and win against Donald Trump," Craig said in a statement.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar

Last week, Omar said Biden has been "the best president of my lifetime, and we have his back." The three-term congresswoman has since kept up her support of the president and criticized Democrats who have anonymously called for the president to withdraw.

"It's a lack of leadership and it's making all Democrats look bad," she recently wrote on X. "Whatever this mess leads to will not undo the damage that has already been inflicted. May God help us all."

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips

Phillips was the only elected Democrat in the country to mount a serious bid to unseat Biden atop the party's ticket during the primaries, though he mustered very little support. He hasn't yet weighed in on whether Biden should withdraw and his team did not respond to a request for comment.

Phillips made Biden's age a factor during his campaign for the Democratic nomination and faced the ire of his colleagues on the hill for doing so .

"If this is vindication, vindication has never been so unfulfilling," Phillips said in early July as calls for Biden to step down began growing louder.

He later wished Biden a speedy recovery from his COVID infection and referenced a plotline of the musical "Hamilton."

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum

McCollum joined Craig on Friday in calling for Biden to step down . She also suggested the Democratic Party nominate Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the ticket and endorsed Walz as vice president.

"Winning in November and defeating Trump's dangerous, hate-filled agenda must be Democrats' sole focus," McCollum said in a statement. "To give Democrats a strong, viable path to winning the White House, I am calling upon President Biden to release his delegates and empower Vice-President Harris to step forward to become the Democratic nominee for President."

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith

Smith has voiced skepticism over Biden's campaign but stopped short of calling on the president to withdraw.

"I have a lot of concerns and I am not the only one," she told reporters earlier this month . Smith said in a statement that Biden will have to decide for himself whether to stay in the race and that for now she's focusing on how best to defeat Trump and his vice presidential pick, Sen. JD Vance of Ohio.

"Right now, our party is having a big, robust conversation about how best to do that, and I think that's healthy," Smith said. "At the end of the day, President Biden has an important decision to make, and I know he will make a decision that is in the best interest of our country. In the meantime, I'm focused on listening to Minnesotans and doing my job as their senator."

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Like Smith, Klobuchar said the days after the debate would be critical and that "the president must demonstrate to the American people that he can win." She echoed Smith and Walz in saying Biden must ultimately decide whether to step down.

"This is one of the most important elections in our lifetimes, and I'm focused on charting the best way forward which includes the strongest campaign possible on the national level," Klobuchar said in a statement. "The president must make a decision that is best for this country and our democracy."

Star Tribune staff writers Sydney Kashawagi and Chris Vondracek contributed to this story.

Eder Campuzano is a general assignment reporter for the Star Tribune and lead writer of the Essential Minnesota newsletter.

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