ST. PAUL (AP) - Support to replace Minnesota's precinct caucus system with a presidential primary is growing.

On Friday, DFL Chairman Ken Martin released a statement saying he supports transitioning to a presidential primary. The leader of the state's Democratic party joins Governor Mark Dayton and a Republican lawmaker who says he will push a bill this session.

Opponents have long argued the insider nature of the caucus system discourages the average citizen from voting and that in years of high turnout, volunteers and facilities can become overwhelmed.

Martin says he prefers a hybrid model in which the state would conduct a presidential primary and the DFL would hold caucuses the following week.

GOP Chairman Keith Downey said Friday the party is "very willing" to be part discussions to improve the current system.