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Biden wins Minnesota, dashes Trump’s GOP hope to carry state

Voters check in to vote at the Hennepin County Government Center, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in...
Voters check in to vote at the Hennepin County Government Center, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis as early voting began for county residents. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)(Jim Mone | AP)
Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 11:51 PM CST
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Biden has carried Minnesota, turning back President Donald Trump’s strong push to win the state after coming close four years ago.

Biden won despite getting a late start in Minnesota compared with Trump. The former vice president took advantage of anti-Trump sentiment and strong organizing by Democrats who attacked the president on COVID-19 and health care issues.

Trump came within 1.5 points of carrying Minnesota in 2016 and was eager to become the first Republican to capture the state since Richard Nixon in 1972.

Two dueling visits by both candidates on the same days highlighted Minnesota’s battleground status.

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