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Romney to visit Minnesota for fundraising

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is coming to Minnesota for a fundraising appearance a few days before the Republican National Convention, MPR reports. Donors are being asked to give a minimum of $2,500 to attend an event at the Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach. Couples who give $50,000 can attend a private dinner at a private home in Shorewood.
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An invitation obtained by MPR News says GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will host a $2,500-a-ticket fundraiser on Aug. 23 at the Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach.

Couples who donate $50,000 earn a spot at a private dinner at a home in Shorewood.

The invitation says the fundraisers will be the "one and only event that Governor Romney will attend in Minnesota," MPR reports.

The fundraiser would fall one week before Romney accepts the GOP nomination for president at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla.

It also fuels speculation that Romney could pick former-Gov. Tim Pawlenty as his running-mate, MPR notes.

Romney was beaten by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in a nonbinding straw poll during Minnesota's February GOP caucuses, the Associated Press notes in its story.

But a recent poll shows Romney cutting into Obama's lead in the state.

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