“It is great to be back in the North Star State,” Vice President Mike Pence told cheering supporters at Hibbing airport this afternoon. Pence said from the beginning, President Trump has been fighting to open up the Iron Range for mining and “for the boundless prosperity of the Iron Range and for strength for all of American industry, we need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House!”
Minnesota Democratic Party Chairman Ken Martin says Pence’s chief of staff has COVID-19 but, “instead of doing the responsible thing and pulling down the event, here they come to have another super-spreader event in the state of Minnesota.”
President Trump has a rally set for tomorrow just across Minnesota’s eastern border near La Crosse, Wisconsin. It comes as a University of Wisconsin poll finds Democratic rival Joe Biden leading the president by nine points in the Badger State.
The poll by the UW-Madison Elections Research Center found the president has the edge among respondents who haven’t voted yet. But that margin does not appear large enough to compensate for Biden’s advantage among early and absentee voters. The poll found 53 percent of likely voters support Biden, compared with 44 percent for Trump. Biden led Trump by just five points among registered voters in last month’s poll, and Elections Research Center director Barry Burden said it’s the first time the margin is big enough to be statistically significant, even accounting for the margin of error.