In 2016, Trump narrowly lost Minnesota. In 2020, he is clearly making a play for the typically blue state. He delivered a speech there on Monday.
Recent polls are showing that he definitely has a chance to win the state.
Max Greenwood reports at The Hill:
Poll: Trump trails Biden by 3 points in Minnesota
President Trump is within striking distance of former Vice President Joe Biden in Minnesota, according to a new Emerson College poll released Tuesday that shows the GOP incumbent trailing by only 3 points in a state Democrats have carried for decades.
The survey shows Biden with 50 percent of the vote in Minnesota, while Trump trails with 47 percent, within the poll’s 3.6 percentage point margin of error.
Several other recent polls in Minnesota show Biden with a much wider lead. A Fox News poll released last month put the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee ahead by 13 points, while another from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found Biden with a 10-point advantage over Trump.
Biden’s 3-point lead in the Emerson College poll, however, is still wider than former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s margin of victory in Minnesota in 2016, when she carried the state by a scant 1.5 percentage points.
Rudy Takala of Mediaite notes the state’s voting history:
Former President Barack Obama won the state by 52 percent in 2012 — nearly 8 points more than Republican Mitt Romney — and 54 percent in 2008, besting the late Sen. John McCain by a whopping 10 points.
Minnesota last voted for a Republican president in 1972, giving it the longest blue streak of any state in the nation. It was the only one to vote against President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Brian Bakst of MPR has some details about Trump’s Monday speech:
In Mankato, Trump rips critics, vows to win Minnesota
Hoping to win over Minnesota in the fall election, President Donald Trump on Monday pounded political opponents as a threat to the nation and portrayed himself as a law and order candidate during an hourlong campaign speech at the Mankato airport before heading to Wisconsin and vowing, “I’ll be back.”
“We’re going to have an election that is all about the survival of this nation,” Trump told supporters…
He described former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s expected to formally receive the Democratic nomination this week, as “a “puppet of left-wing extremists trying to erase our borders, eliminate our police, indoctrinate our children, vilify our heroes, take away our energy.”
Trump called on Minnesota voters to “not let this happen. You will deliver a historic victory for our values, our citizens and our treasured way of life.”
Here are some clips from Trump’s speech:
You can watch the whole thing below:
Minnesota has 10 Electoral College votes and losing the state to Trump would deeply wound Democrats.
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