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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 TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation 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 NolanHow America’s urban-rural divide is changing the Democratic Party Bezos honored for public service at DC gala House battlefield expands as ad wars hit new peak 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 ClintonRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Katy Perry praises Taylor Swift for diving into politics Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue 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 SmithMinnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post Minnesota Dems worry about Ellison allegations as state AG race tightens Election Countdown: Minnesota Dems worry Ellison allegations could cost them key race | Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters | Takeaways from Tennessee Senate debate | Poll puts Cruz up 9 in Texas MORE (D), who was appointed to replace former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGOP lawmaker once belittled sexual harassment: 'How traumatizing was it?' Meet the man poised to battle Dems from the White House Minnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post 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 KlobucharIs there a difference between good and bad online election targeting? Election Countdown: Minnesota Dems worry Ellison allegations could cost them key race | Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters | Takeaways from Tennessee Senate debate | Poll puts Cruz up 9 in Texas Clusters of polio-like illness in the US not a cause for panic 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 EllisonGOP lawmaker once belittled sexual harassment: 'How traumatizing was it?' Dershowitz: Obama, Ellison have 'special obligation' to condemn Farrakhan Ellison accuses ex-wife of physical abuse, divorce records show: report 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 WalzMinnesota Dems worry about Ellison allegations as state AG race tightens How America’s urban-rural divide is changing the Democratic Party The Hill's Morning Report — Kavanaugh, Ford saga approaches bitter end 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.