President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden will both travel to the key Minnesota state of Minnesota on Friday, as early voting begins there before the November election.
Trump, who follows Biden in the national election, is playing badly in Minnesota with the aim of capturing the country where he was narrowly defeated by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 when he defeated neighboring Wisconsin.
But recent Minnesota polls have given Biden a strong lead; RealClearPolitics survey tracking website showed Biden an estimated 10.2 points from Thursday.
Biden’s voting advantage underscores how much the current election map favors the former vice president. Leading in all three “Rust Belt” industries says Trump has emerged from the Democrat column on the road to success in 2016: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign rally at Bemidji airport, Minnesota, this evening. Earlier in the day, Biden will visit a union training center in Duluth before delivering a speech.
The state was a beacon for a national demonstration of racial relations, in which George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck minutes or after it emerged he had fainted.
The killings sparked months of civil unrest and sparked a nation already plagued by coronavirus and the economic downturn.
Trump responded to the protests by swearing by maintaining “law and order” while identifying many of the protesters as left-wing terrorists who will continue to be empowered by Biden’s victory in the November 3 election.
Biden condemned the violence in some protests while expressing support for the protesters’ opposition and racism and police brutality. He blamed Trump’s divisive speech for burning the situation.