Donald Trump and Joe Biden head to Minnesota on Friday, where the early vote there begins and the governor asks both campaigns to obey COVID restrictions while in the state
- Both Trump and Biden will be in Minnesota on Friday
- Trump is holding an airport meeting in Bemidji on Friday evening
- Biden will visit a union training center in Duluth
- Trump is trying to win Minnesota after losing it by just one point in 2016
- The state has not elected a republican president since 1972
- Biden led the most recent poll by 16 points
- Friday marks the start of postal voting in the state
- In addition, the governor has asked both campaigns to follow COVID restrictions while in Minnesota
Both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be in Minnesota on Friday when the state begins voting in the presidential election.
Trump will be in the northern part of the state, where he will hold a meeting at Bemidji airport Friday night, while Biden will be 150 miles away in Duluth, where he will visit a union training center in the afternoon.
Friday also marks the first day of the early voting period in Minnesota during a year that many voters are expected to take advantage of the mail-in voting feature due to the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump will be in northern Minnesota, where he will be holding a meeting at Bemidji airport Friday night.
Joe Biden will visit a union training center in Duluth on Friday afternoon
Secretary of State Steve Simon announced on Thursday that he will be mailing an absentee ballot to every registered voter to encourage people to vote from home.
“The math problem is we have about 3,000 polling stations and we expect about 3 million voters,” he said. “This is very crude math and it wouldn’t be, but that’s 1,000 voters per polling station. If we can reduce the number of people at polling stations, that is good for public health. ‘
Voters have until election day to submit their ballots. All ballots marked on November 3 will be counted as long as they are received on November 10.
That also means that the Minnesota result may not be known immediately after polls close on Election Day, in yet another sign that it may take several weeks for the results of the 2020 election to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, the governor has asked both campaigns to obey coronavirus restrictions while in the state, following safety guidelines on crowd size, masks, and social aloofness.
Democratic Governor Tim Walz sent a letter to both camps, reminding them that state guidelines require events to be no larger than 25 percent capacity or 250 people, whichever is less. Social distance and face masks are required for indoor events, while masks are strongly encouraged for outdoor events.
President Trump held events this weekend in Nevada and Monday in Arizona that violated those states’ restrictions on events due to COVID.
Minnesota DFL party Ken Martin said Democrats will follow the state’s recommendations.
“I have no doubt that the Biden campaign will follow the advice of local elected officials as well as public health officials,” said Martin. MPR News and urged Trump’s campaign to do the same. “When you come to Minnesota, you have to follow our rules, you have to follow the law, you have to follow the advice of public health officials so that you don’t contribute to the spread of this virus.”
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told the radio station there will be masks and hand sanitizer at the airport rally, but noted the campaign would not limit attendees.
The birthplace of the fictional Paul Bunyon, Bemidji is located in Beltrami County, which Trump pushed by his side in 2016.
Minnesota government Tim Walz asked both campaigns to follow COVID restrictions while in the state
Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump campaign wants to turn Minnesota blue this year
Both campaigns focused on the northern part of the state, the Iron Range, known for mining and manufacturing.
The Trump campaign is trying to drop Minnesota in its column after Hillary Clinton won it by less than a point in the 2016 election.
‘We are now in the process of expanding the map. I campaigned in Minnesota. So does the president, ”said Vice President Mike Pence The Hill newspaper earlier this week. “We think Minnesota is in the game.”
But Minnesota and its 10 electoral votes could be a tough win for the Trump team. In an ABC News / Washington Post poll released Wednesday, Biden led the state by 16 points.
A Republican presidential candidate has not won Minnesota since Richard Nixon took the state in 1972.