May 6, 2024 - News

Trump to headline Minnesota Republican Party fundraising dinner

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Former President Donald Trump's last major public appearance in Minnesota was an Oct. 30, 2020 campaign rally at Rochester International Airport. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former President Trump will return to Minnesota this month to headline the state Republican Party's annual Lincoln Reagan fundraising dinner.

Why it matters: The visit announced Monday is the latest example of Trump's effort to expand the map to put states President Biden won handily in 2020 in play this November.

State of play: Minnesota hasn't gone red in the presidential election since 1972. However, recent polls have shown Trump and Biden are in a dead heat.

What they're saying: Minnesota Republican Party chair David Hann said in a statement that he could "think of no one more fitting" than Trump to headline the dinner, which honors "leaders who have been most impactful in promoting our American values."

The other side: DFL Party chair Ken Martin countered that tying their fate to Trump's will result in losses for the GOP across the board this November.

  • "Republicans up and down the ballot will have to answer for why they are abandoning Minnesota values and kissing Donald Trump's ring."

By the numbers: Trump came within about 45,000 votes of flipping Minnesota in 2016 — a margin of just 1.5 percentage points. It was the state's strongest performance by a GOP presidential candidate in decades.

  • In 2020, he doubled down, holding several rallies and increasing spending. At one event in Duluth, he vowed never to return if he lost.

Biden ultimately carried Minnesota by a comfortable margin of roughly seven percentage points that year.

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