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Biden, Romney visit, but Minnesota not a battleground state yet

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in Minneapolis and Rochester on Tuesday, and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in the Lake Minnetonka area for a fundraiser on Thursday. Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute says Minnesota is still likely to go for Obama-Biden, and it is not a toss-up state at the moment, although Minnesota GOP chairman Pat Shortridge disagrees.
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Vice President Joe Biden will make two stops in Minnesota Tuesday. Biden is scheduled to be in Minneapolis at the Depot on Washington Avenue at 12:30 p.m. and in Rochester at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds at 4:30 p.m.

GOP presidential candiate Mitt Romney will be in the Minnetonka area Thursday for fundraising. Romney is scheduled to appear at the Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach, MPR has reported.

Is Minnesota in play? Not really, says Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute, KSTP reports. Voters in the state are still leaning toward Obama, and it's not a toss-up "battleground" state, at least not yet, he says.

RealClearPolitics has some recent poll results in an Obama-Romney matchup in Minnesota, and results show Obama with a lead, although it may have shrunk between May and July.

The New York Times blog, FiveThirtyEight, which tracks election data, also says Minnesota is still highly likely to vote for Obama.

KSTP has more on the campaign stops in Minnesota:

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