Jill Biden, Donald Trump Jr. headed to Minnesota next week

The visits come as more experts are viewing Minnesota as a battleground state.
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Minnesota is getting the presidential campaign treatment next week as Jill Biden and Donald Trump Jr. both plan to visit the battleground state on Wednesday. 

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign says his wife will make a stop in the Twin Cities Wednesday on her national "Back-to-School Tour" and will meet with families and public school educators, according to reports.

Jill Biden's visit comes after her husband said he has plans to visit Minnesota after Labor Day. Neither the former vice president nor running mate Kamala Harris have visited Minnesota this election cycle with much of their campaigning taking place virtually due to COVID-19 (Harris did appear in a virtual event with Minnesota DFLers earlier this week), though Biden did visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump's campaign is holding another event in Minnesota. The president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., will host a "Make America Great Again" event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the campaign announced. 

Trump Jr. will also headline events in Winona and the Twin Cities next week, the Star Tribune reports.

These visits come as a growing number of political wonks view Minnesota as a battleground state that could vote Republican for president for the first time since Richard Nixon in 1972 (the longest streak in the nation). 

After narrowly losing to Hillary Clinton by 1.5% in 2016, Trump has been confident he can flip Minnesota. 

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As Biden continues to lead Trump among Minnesota voters (he's up by 5.3 points, according to a RealClearPolitics average), Trump's campaign is working to woo Minnesotans and win the state's 10 electoral votes – the president, daughter Ivanka Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have made stops in Minnesota in recent weeks. Meanwhile, The Hill reports the campaign started running a bunch of ads in the state on Wednesday as part of his $14 million ad campaign in Minnesota. 

That's different from the 2016 presidential election when neither Hillary Clinton nor Trump spent money on TV ads in Minnesota. Biden's campaign is planning to spend about $3 million in TV ads leading up to the election, The Hill notes.

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