Mitt Romney

Vikings consider seat licenses to fund new stadium

Minnesota Vikings season ticket holders recently received an e-mail survey from the team, asking if they would be willing to pay significant sums to secure the best seats in the new downtown stadium. The Star Tribune reports that selling personal seat licenses is one option the team is contemplating to raise cash. The Vikings' share of the construction cost is put at $975 million.

Mother of Mpls. Mayor Rybak goes crowd surfing

In a packed room full of excitement late Tuesday, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's mother, Lorraine, jumped into a sea of people for a celebratory crowd-surf after President Obama was declared the winner.

Ryan in Minnesota, rallies GOP faithful, 'Vikings for Romney'

GOP vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan rallied 6,500 people at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International AIrport on Sunday, trying to steal a Minnesota win for the Romney-Ryan ticket from Democrats, who have long said the state was safe for President Obama. Meanwhile, former President Bill Clinton is expected back in Minnesota Sunday night for an appearance in St. Cloud.

Latest poll shows Obama maintaining a 7 percent lead in Minnesota

Republicans were encouraged by a weekend poll that showed challenger Mitt Romney had nearly pulled even with President Obama in Minnesota. But a KSTP Survey USA poll now shows the president with a 7 percent lead among likely voters surveyed. One analyst says Romney's made gains but they may have come too late.

Romney narrows Obama's lead in Minnesota

A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll among 800 likely Minnesota voters shows the presidential race for the state's 10 electoral votes is getting closer, with President Barack Obama drawing 47 percent to Romney's 44 percent. With just over a week before the election, the president's 3-point lead is within the poll's margin of error. In September, Obama held an 8-percentage point lead over his Republican challenger in the Minnesota Poll.

Romney to launch TV ads in Minnesota

Republican Mitt Romney will begin running TV ads in Minnesota this weekend, with just over a week to go before the election, the Associated Press reports. Recent polls showed President Barack Obama with a solid lead in the state that has not voted for a Republican president since Richard Nixon in 1972.

Jill Biden plans another campaign stop in Minnesota

Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill Biden, is returning to Minnesota later this month. She campaigned on behalf of President Barack Obama in Minnesota in mid-September. Events aren't finalized but a Democratic official says Biden will campaign in Minneapolis and Duluth on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. It would be Jill Biden's second campaign stop in Minnesota since Labor Day.

New poll: Obama bounces to 10-point lead in Minnesota

In July, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had good news to celebrate in Minneosta: he'd cut President Obama's lead in half, according to one poll. But a new SurveyUSA/KSTP poll shows Obama is back on safe ground in the state. The poll surveyed voters Sept. 6-9, right after the Democratic National Convention.

Romney campaign releases TV ad tailored for Wisconsin

It's been 28 years since Cheeseland was a red state on the presidential map. But Mitt Romney is optimistic Republicans can carry Wisconsin in November, particularly with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan on the ticket. Wisconsin joins eight other battlegrounds where Romney is running state-specific ads.

Some Minnesota RNC delegates sticking by Ron Paul

Although its a forgone conclusion that Mitt Romney will win the GOP nomination at the Republican National Convention this coming week, several of Minnesota's delegates are still planning on voting for Texas Congresssman Ron Paul. Of the of the 40 delegates headed to the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., 32 are Paul supporters.

Norm Coleman leading fundraising efforts for Republican Party

Former U.S. Senator and St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman is playing a major role in the republican campaign strategy. Coleman is leading efforts to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money as chairman of the American Action Network and its super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund. He also is a key foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney.

Romney in Minnesota: Big business is fine, helped by tax havens

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney fundraising in Minnesota on Thursday said big businesses in the U.S. were "doing fine in many places" in part because they get advantages from offshore tax havens, and because big businesses "know how to find ways to get through the tax code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are low tax havens around the world for their businesses."

Joe Biden

VP Joe Biden schedules campaign stop in Minnesota

Vice President Joe Biden will reportedly visit the Twin Cities next Tuesday, two days ahead of Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney's planned fundraiser in the state on Thursday. Two people with knowledge of the visit tell MPR that Biden will hold a campaign rally in Minneapolis over the noon hour, and another in Rochester in the afternoon.

Pawlenty shared 'a bunch of' tax returns with Romney campaign

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty told ABC that he submitted 'a bunch of' tax returns to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign while being considered as a possible running mate. Pawlenty says he hopes the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will refocus attention on issues instead of what Pawlenty called 'shiny objects' such as tax returns. Pawlenty called Romney's choice of Ryan 'terrific.'

Rep. Ellison prefers Ryan over Pawlenty

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison tells MPR he's happy Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan over former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as his presidential running mate. "Paul Ryan is much more upfront about what he believes in. I actually prefer Ryan. I think it allows us to make a clear argument," Ellison said.

Reaction: Pawlenty calls Ryan 'bold thinker'

Last night, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he wasn't disappointed for being passed over for Mitt Romney's VP pick in favor of Wisconsin's Paul Ryan. Today, Pawlenty calls Ryan a "respected leader" and a "bold thinker." Click here for more from Pawlenty, and reaction from around the Web on Romney's pick.

Ryan -- not Pawlenty -- Romney's VP pick

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty tells reporters he's "not disappointed" for being passed over on the GOP presidential ticket. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate instead.

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.

Nearly $18 million bet on Romney's VP pick

Traders on the Ireland-based Intrade political betting market have placed $17.8 million worth of bets on whom GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will pick as his ticket's vice presidential candidate. Gamblers have put the most money on Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Pawlenty's chances in 'veepstakes' played up on Sunday talk shows

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says Mitt Romney's running mate will be either former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty or Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. A prominent Ohio Democrat predicts Pawlenty will get the nod over Portman, partly because of his appeal to evangelical voters. Another Democrat, Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell, jokingly said Romney should pick Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Romney promised to make an announcement no later than day three of the Republican National Convention.