Trump and Biden tied in Minnesota, spells trouble for Democrats
After months of turmoil in the wake of the George Floyd deaths and subsequent protests in Minnesota, Trump and Biden are running neck-and-neck in the Land of 10,000 Lakes according to both internal party polls and public polls alike. And a state that once voted for a Democrat versus Ronald Reagan, is suddenly in play for Donald Trump.
The development signals significant trouble for Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden with blue-collar Democrats.
“The latest survey from the Trafalgar Group finds Biden at 46.9 percent and Trump at 46.5 percent. Libertarian Party candidate Jo Jorgensen gets 3.7 percent support, while 1.7 percent are undecided and 1.2 percent said they’d support someone else,” says the Hill.
The poll isn’t an outlier either. Both parties say their internal polls show that the state is tight; tighter than the Democrats want it to be.
“In a sign of its increasingly competitive nature,” says Politico, “Biden today will begin airing his first television ads in the state, in the Twin Cities as well as Duluth and Rochester markets. And last week, Biden included Minnesota in a list of battleground states he said he wants to visit — travel that suggests the state is far from a lock.”
In 2016, Trump lost the state’s 10 electoral votes by a margin of 85,000 votes, and those voters now seem within reach for Trump, especially in the rural parts of the state.
“It almost seems personal for him, that he came close and they didn’t put a tremendous effort into Minnesota [in 2016],” said former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).
“There’s no question he has a shot of winning.”
Last week, Trump got a shot in the arm from six Democrat mayors in Minnesota who endorsed him over Biden saying that Biden has forgotten about the working man in America.
The mayors from the northern Iron Range part of the state said: “We have watched as our constituents’ jobs left not only the Iron Range but our country. By putting tariffs on our products and supporting bad trade deals, politicians like Joe Biden did nothing to help the working class.
“Today, we don’t recognize the Democratic Party. It has been moved so far to the left it can no longer claim to be advocates of the working class,” the mayors added according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. “The hard-working Minnesotans that built their lives and supported their families here on the Range have been abandoned by radical Democrats. We didn’t choose to leave the Democratic Party, the party left us.”
No Republican presidential candidate has won Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes since 1972.
In other key battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, Florida and Michigan, Trump and Biden are statistically tied.
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