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President Trump has been repeating a false claim about Minnesota-Wisconsin

He's made the claim on several occasions in recent weeks.
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One of President Donald Trump's talking points in recent weeks has seen him highlight his election win in Wisconsin – comparing it to former President Ronald Reagan's record there.

During his trip to the U.K. on Thursday, Trump said: "One of the states we won, Wisconsin - I didn't even realize this until fairly recently - that was the one state Ronald Reagan didn't win when he ran the board a second time."

Now we don't need to tell you Minnesotans why this is plain wrong, but for any of you not aware, it was Minnesota – and not Wisconsin – that was the only state Reagan didn't win during the 1984 election.

Reagan won Wisconsin in both 1980 and 1984, but Minnesota voted for his opponent and state native Walter Mondale in 1984, albeit he won by fewer than 4,000 votes.

Minnesota didn't vote for Reagan in 1980 either, opting for the incumbent Jimmy Carter.

The president's repetition of this inaccuracy is now being tracked by national journalists.

Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star says it's the sixth time in the last two weeks that Trump has made the false claim.

The Hill meanwhile estimates he's made the incorrect statement on three occasions, starting at a campaign stop in Wisconsin last month and following it up at another campaign rally in Montana last week.

Trump came the closest since Reagan to ending the Democrats' stranglehold on Minnesota in presidential elections, losing to Hillary Clinton by a mere 1.52 percent in the 2016 vote.

The last time Minnesota voted for a Republican was in 1972, when Richard Nixon got 51.58 percent of the vote over Democrat George McGovern.

For the avoidance of doubt, here's the electoral map from Reagan's record 1984 election win, courtesy of 270toWin.

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