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Clinton set to campaign in Minnesota

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to make a pair of campaign stops in Minnesota this week.

An Obama campaign official said his visit is scheduled for Tuesday will likely include stops in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota’s traditional Democratic hotbeds. Details of his stop will come later Monday afternoon.

The stops come as part of a larger tour, primarily made up of swing states — Clinton is also campaigning to Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire and Wisconsin this week, according to the campaign.

An Obama official told Politico: “President Clinton’s trip will include both a mix of battleground states, where he will continue to lay out the choice for the American people in this election, and states with strong Democratic bases, where he will fire up supporters and urge them to help do everything they can to help us turn out every vote possible for President Obama.”

Minnesota appears to fall in the latter category (it hasn’t gone for a Republican since 1972), but polls show a tightening presidential race in the state. A Star Tribune poll released Sunday gave Obama a 3 point lead, down from 8 points in September and within the margin of error.

Mitt Romney officials are reportedly considering whether to send Romney or running mate Paul Ryan to the state before next week’s election.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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