Trump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week

Trump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Pawlenty loses comeback bid in Minnesota Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary MORE will hold a campaign rally in Minnesota next week, the first time he's held such an event in a state he lost in the 2016 presidential election.

The rally in Duluth on June 20 will be to tout his administration and stump for Republican candidates ahead of a slew of federal and state races in November.

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“The president will meet with Minnesota patriots to report the latest developments for our surging economy, including record-low unemployment and fair trade reforms, and his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un," Michael Glassner, COO of the Trump campaign, said in a statement.

It could be viewed as a sign of confidence from Trump on his chances in Minnesota. The president narrowly lost the state, which has been won by every Democratic candidate for president since 1972. 

Minnesota will be a battleground in this year's midterm elections and hosts several House seats considered toss-up races.

The campaign rally will take place in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District. The district's current representative, Rick NolanRichard (Rick) Michael NolanKey races to watch as Minnesota, Wisconsin head to polls The Hill's Morning Report — Signs of trouble for Republicans in House special election Key primaries in August will help shape midterms MORE (D), is retiring from Congress to run for lieutenant governor. Republicans have backed Peter Stauber, a county commissioner and a retired police officer, in the race.

Trump lost Minnesota by about 45,000 votes to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary Ironworker and star of viral video wins Dem primary for Speaker Ryan's seat MORE. However, he won the state's 8th District by 16 percentage points.

Democrats have yet to endorse a candidate in a field of prospective nominees, which includes current and former state politicians and a first-time candidate, according to The Star-Tribune.

In addition to each House seat being on the line in November, Minnesota will hold two elections for U.S. Senate. 

Sen. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Tina Smith defeats former Bush ethics lawyer in Minnesota Dem primary Key races to watch as Minnesota, Wisconsin head to polls MORE (D), who was appointed to replace former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Tina Smith defeats former Bush ethics lawyer in Minnesota Dem primary The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s GOP feuds dominate ahead of midterms MORE (D) after his resignation, is running to serve the remaining two years of Franken's term.

State Democrats have endorsed Smith. She is facing a primary challenge from Richard Painter, who served as ethics counsel to former President George W. Bush.

State Republicans endorsed state Sen. Karin Housley (R). Dental technician Bob Anderson is also running.  

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharTina Smith defeats former Bush ethics lawyer in Minnesota Dem primary Live results: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut hold primaries Hillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down MORE (D-Minn.) is up for reelection for a third term.

High-profile state elections on the ballot in November include the races for governor and attorney general, respectively.

Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Somali-American Ilhan Omar wins Minnesota Dem primary Ellison wins Minnesota AG primary amid late domestic violence allegations MORE (D-Minn.) announced last week he is giving up his seat in Congress to run for attorney general. The six-term liberal and deputy director of the Democratic National Committee will face Matt Pelikan in a Democratic primary.

In the governor's race, Reps. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Pawlenty loses comeback bid in Minnesota Key races to watch as Minnesota, Wisconsin head to polls MORE (D) and Erin Murphy (D) are considered the Democratic front-runners, while Republicans have backed local politician Jeff Johnson. Candidates are vying to replace outgoing governor Mark Dayton (D).

Primaries in the state will take place on Aug. 14.

The president has hosted campaign events in recent weeks in Indiana, Tennessee and Michigan.