Joe Biden wins Minnesota, preserving Dems’ Midwest stronghold

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Joe Biden is shining bright in the North Star State, winning Minnesota to keep it blue according to the Associated Press.

The former Democratic vice president hung on to the state and its 10 electoral votes, playing defense after Hillary Clinton won Minnesota over then-candidate Trump in 2016.

Two hundred and seventy electoral votes are needed to win the presidency.

Biden held a 4.3 percentage point lead in Minnesota as of early Tuesday, according to RealClearPolitics’ average of polls, spurring fears that Trump could snare the state.

Minnesota in 2016 stayed blue even as Trump rattled off key upset wins in Michigan and Wisconsin, serving as a welcome but still insufficient Democratic firewall across the Midwest.

The state was rocked by the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man killed beneath the knee of a white police officer, becoming the epicenter of resulting national unrest.

In critiquing local Democratic leaders’ response to the fiery rioting, Trump positioned himself as the law-and-order candidate, a linchpin of his pitch for four more years.

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