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Biden and Trump ready to battle for Minnesota

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DULUTH, MN--The battle for Minnesota is on, both Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will be visiting Minnesota on Friday to promote their campaigns.

While Biden's rally location is to be determined, President Trump will be holding his rally in Bemidji.

Since the announcement, many have questioned why the president has chosen Bemidji.

Hogan Gidley, National Press Secretary for President Trump 2020, may have the answer.

"It's one of those interesting places. I know they do some manufacturing there. It's also a town in which no president has ever visited before, so there is a novelty from that as well, I think it is important for the campaign to get all over the state," Gidley said.

Visiting across Minnesota is a primary goal of the Trump campaign, as Minnesota is considered a battleground state in this election.

"Minnesota is going to play a very vital role in the presidential election this time around. You will remember. Donald Trump only lost the state by 1.5%," said Gidley.

1.5% is a small loss and is something the president hopes to capitalize on this time around, by capturing the vote of rural areas and industry laden cities in northern Minnesota.

"The president is going to go there remind everybody just how great the economy was before the China virus came in here and how he re-built the economy once and how he is doing it again," Gidley said.

On Friday Joe Biden is also traveling to Minnesota hoping to spread his message to voters.

Representative Liz Olson, a DFL member from Minnesota's 7th District, said Biden is looking to connect with Minnesotan's.

"We are excited to have Joe Biden in Minnesota to promote early voting, and promote the way his presidency will work for Minnesotans," said Olson.

While Joe Biden is leading plenty of polls in Minnesota, Democrats say it is not over, as the presidential hopeful will use the visit to also tray and secure votes.

"Even if the polls are looking good we still need to do our work. Work nothing hard and take nothing for granted," said Olson

It's not just Minnesota that's important, as there are more than a dozen battleground states up for grabs.

The Trump campaign is looking to pick up on the same grabs they secured in 2016.

"We expect to do really well in the states we won in 2016 and of course maybe have a few pickups. Including the great state of Minnesota," said Gidley.

We will continue to offer coverage on Friday's visit, please check back for any updates.

John Cardinale

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