GOP hopes late Trump visit will help turn Minnesota red

Published 10:05 am Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Republicans hope last-minute visits from Donald Trump and Mike Pence will help propel the state to vote for a GOP presidential candidate for the first time since 1972.

Hillary Clinton was the heavy favorite to capture Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, but Trump and Pence made separate stops in the state in the final days of the campaign.

Much of the election in Minnesota has focused on three competitive U.S. House races. The campaigns in northeastern Minnesota and suburban Minneapolis have been fueled by millions in outside attack ads.

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Democrats and Republicans were also fighting it out in legislative districts across the state as the two parties jostled over House and Senate majorities that will shape the next two years of public policy.