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 Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week 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 NolanTrump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week Retiring Democratic rep to run for lieutenant governor in Minnesota Congress — when considering women’s health, don’t forget about lung cancer 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 ClintonKoch brothers group won't back Stewart in Virginia Giuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show Poll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota 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 SmithRichard Painter puts out 'dumpster fire' in first campaign ad The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ Trump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week MORE (D), who was appointed to replace former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenRichard Painter puts out 'dumpster fire' in first campaign ad Bill Clinton says 'norms have changed' in society for what 'you can do to somebody against their will' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ 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 KlobucharAmerica has reason to remember its consumer protection tradition when it comes to privacy Hillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger opposed by Trump 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 EllisonVoters should keep eye on 2018 races for state attorneys general On The Money: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger opposed by Trump | Effort to kill Trump tariffs blocked in Senate | Kudlow in hospital after heart attack | Panel advances Fed nominees Ellison introduces bill to curb stock buybacks 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 WalzTrump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week Retiring Democratic rep to run for lieutenant governor in Minnesota Favored governor candidates snubbed in Minnesota conventions 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.