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Trump Tied with Biden in Blue State That Hasn't Voted for a Republican President in 50 Years

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Former President Donald Trump is closing in on President Joe Biden in Minnesota, a state that hasn’t voted for a Republican president in over 50 years, according to several recent polls.

Trump is tied with Biden at 45 percent in Minnesota, according to an Emerson College Polling/The Hill poll released this week.

Meanwhile, other recent polls have shown the presumptive GOP presidential nominee within the margin of error in the historically Democratic state.

The last time the North Star State voted for a Republican candidate was in 1972 for former President Richard Nixon.

“While Minnesota hasn’t voted Republican at the presidential level in a long time, it was decided by fewer than 45,000 votes in 2016, and by fewer than 100,000 votes in 2004,” Jon McHenry, GOP polling analyst and vice president at North Star Opinion Research, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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“It’s certainly in play this time around,” he said.

Other polls have Biden leading in Minnesota but by an increasingly narrow margin.

The president was shown leading Trump by 4 points, according to Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy findings from June.

In May, Biden was also leading there by a slim 2-point margin in a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll.

In 2020, he won Minnesota by a 7.2 percent margin, which was on track with historical trends.

In 2016, then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won the state by a 1.5 percent margin. Former President Barack Obama won Minnesota in 2012 and 2008 by margins of 7.7 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively.

“The reason Donald Trump can run so close in Minnesota is the general level of dissatisfaction with Joe Biden’s presidency, especially in his handling of the economy and illegal immigration,” McHenry told DCNF.

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“Unless voters change their minds about the economy, states that narrowly voted for President Biden in 2020 are going to flip, and states that gave him a more solid margin like Minnesota are going to be very close,” he said.

According to a Roanoke College poll, Trump and Biden were also tied in Virginia, which has not voted for a Republican since former President George W. Bush in 2004.

According to RealClearPolitics polling averages, Trump currently leads in all swing states.

The former president is leading in Arizona by 4.6 points and in Nevada by 5.7 points. In the Rust Belt, he is leading in Wisconsin by 0.3 points, in Michigan by 0.2 points and in Pennsylvania by 2.3 points. In the South, Trump is leading in North Carolina by 5.3 points and in Georgia by 5 points.

“In the swing states we’ve polled, majorities of voters say they were better off financially under Donald Trump, so the Trump campaign is probably three-quarters of the way there,” McHenry told the DCNF.

In a five-way race with Trump, Biden, independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Green Party candidate Jill Stein and independent candidate Cornel West, Trump’s odds improve, including in Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia, according to RealClearPolitics averages.

The Emerson College Polling/The Hill poll sampled 1,000 registered voters June 13-18 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

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