How does Minnesota feel about Donald Trump?


It looks like Donald Trump has a clear path to secure the GOP presidential nomination.

His main opponent, Ted Cruz, suspended his campaign after Trump cruised to victory in the Indiana primaries.

So if Trump ends up the Republican nominee, it begs the question: How exactly does Minnesota feel about him? Here are a few clues.

Trump didn't do great in the caucuses

On Super Tuesday, Minnesotan Republicans did not show a ton of support for Trump. He finished third in the caucuses, behind winner Marco Rubio (who dropped out later that month) and Cruz (who scored 29 percent of the vote, about 8 percentage points more than The Donald).

Minnesota was the only state Rubio had won at that point, and the Florida senator urged Minnesotans to vote for Cruz, referring to him as “the only conservative left in the race.”

Recent poll shows lukewarm support

According to a recent Star Tribune poll, if the November election were between Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, Minnesotans would favor the Democrat Minnesotans like Democratic front-runner Hilary Clinton more than Trump – 48 percent to 35 percent.

Yet many of them don't find either candidate honest – just 37 percent of Minnesota said they think Clinton is honest, while Trump's number came in at 34 percent.

(Click here for the full results, which also show Bernie Sanders winning the state over Trump if that was the matchup.)

The New York Times is projecting Minnesota to vote for Hillary Clinton if that were the November matchup:

Minnesota is a state known for its progressivism, and Trump's "firebrand rhetoric" might be a bit much for the state's Republicans, reported the Daily Beast.

We're Googling Trump more than other candidates

Trump is the most-Googled of what had been the four major Democratic and Republican candidates in the race. Here's a look at Minnesota Google searches for each over the past 30 days.

And according to Google Trends and caucus results, Congressional District 8 (which includes the Duluth metro area) shows more interest and support for Trump compared to other areas of the state.

We also want to know about his personal life

According to Google Trends, Minnesotans are also interested in his Twitter account, wife, age, net worth and daughter.

Some answers:

He is 69 years old and worth $4.5 billion, says Forbes. There are only 323 people in the world with a higher net worth than him.

He has been married to his third wife, the Slovenian model and jewelry designer Melania Trump, for nine years. One of his two daughters – 34-year-old Ivanka Trump – has played a central role in his campaign, according to the New York Times.

What do lawmakers think?

There are three Republican U.S. Congressmen from Minnesota and none of them have come out supporting Trump, at least yet. Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline both endorsed Rubio earlier this year, while Rep. Tom Emmer has made no public endorsement.

You can read what other current and former Minnesota lawmakers said about the candidates back in March in this MinnPost article.

Here's a tweet from after the Indiana Primary.

What does Trump think about Minnesota?

Well he thinks it's cold – 100 degrees colder than Syria, apparently.

"A friend of mine lives in Minnesota and he calls me up and he says, 'Can you imagine, it's 130 degrees in Syria and now they want to send some of them [refugees] up to Minnesota where it's 30 degrees,'" he said at campaign rally in Tennessee last year, according to the Washington Examiner.

Trump did not visit Minnesota during his campaign, but is slated to visit North Dakota soon, the Grand Forks Herald says.

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