Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and President Trump crossed the line for a second consecutive day in a state of critical battlefield.
On Thursday, they go head to head in Florida. Friday – there are only four days left until the 3 November general election, the one taking place in Minnesota, showing that a state that Democrats have long practiced in general elections system is likely to take place.
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President Richard Nixon was the last Republican to win the state – in his 1972 re-election.
But four years ago, Trump almost lost Minnesota and 10 electoral votes to the 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and for more than a year, the president and his re-election campaign had kept an eye on the state. this in the hopes of breaking the losing streak and turning the game red.
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Average latest polls in the state show the former vice president has an average one-digit advantage over Trump, but surveys show Trump has hit the spot in the past month. Biden’s strength is concentrated in Twin Cities and surrounding suburban counties, while Trump polls best in more rural areas across the rest of the state, known as Greater Minnesota.
The presidential event – which was scheduled for several days – is being held at 5 p.m. local time at the airport in Rochester’s southeast, although the venue has been relocated. twice due to state restrictions on coronavirus for large crowds. And the event will be significantly smaller than typical presidential rallies, where supporters gather together without social distancing and masking restrictions.
Targeting the state Democratic governor and attorney general, Trump’s election campaign on Thursday night said “thanks to Governor Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison’s ban on free speech, Only the first 250 will be accepted. “
On Thursday afternoon, the Biden election campaign announced that the former vice president will be holding a socially remote drive rally in the capital St. Paul at 3:30 pm local time, just 90 minutes before the Trump event began.
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“We will have the president’s visit in four days. That means we’re playing, ”Minnesota-based GOP strategist Amy Koch told Fox News.
Koch, the first and only woman elected leader of the state senate majority in Minnesota, emphasized that Democrats “have always taken Minnesota for granted. No one can believe that Minnesota is playing, and it’s a mistake Hillary Clinton’s camp made in 2016 and it almost cost them. Biden’s camp at least seemed to notice that, but they always seemed to play tag. “
But Democrat strategist Mike Erlandson says Friday trips by two people carrying national party standards “tell me that Trump’s campaign is a bit of despair and that Biden is feeling good enough to be. He can go to a state that looks pretty green momentarily. “
The former state Democratic Party chairman told Fox News that “it’s over,” but “all the early voting shows that it’s going very well in Minnesota” for Biden. Erlandson said that Biden adding his trip at the last minute after Trump’s planned stop suggests that Biden may be trying to “undo whatever the president is trying to do.”
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Friday night’s rally will be the stop of the president’s fourth election campaign in Minnesota this year. And Biden’s Double City visit will be his second to the state since becoming his party’s candidate at the Democracy Conference in August.
Friday’s events will be the second that both Biden and Trump will be in state on the same day. Both campaigned in northern Minnesota on September 18, with Biden in Duluth and Trump in Bemidji.
The Trump campaign began building up resources in Minnesota at the beginning of the 2020 cycle. Biden’s campaign has caught up in recent months and both groups have spent large sums of money running ads in the state in end of the campaign for two months.
Before coming to Minnesota, Biden took part in the campaign in neighboring Iowa, another state. And after stopping at the Twin Cities, the former vice-president operated on another nearby battlefield, Wisconsin.
The President also campaigned on Friday in Wisconsin, as did the battlefield Michigan.