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Northland takes center stage as national political backdrop



Northland takes center stage as national political backdrop

Government and Politics

Presidential campaigns make a top priority out of mobilizing voters in Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota. A week ago it was Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee, campaigning in Duluth.

Before that, Donald Trump Jr. came through less than two weeks after Vice President Mike Pence spoke along the port in the last week of August.

And before that it was the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, this summer and even President Trump himself at Amsoil Arena before the midterms in 2018.

On the other side, Chelsea Clinton came to Duluth in support of her mother, Hillary, in 2016, and later, so did Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Not to mention regular visits from U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith.

It’s been one big name after another as Democrats and Republicans strive for the presidency. Late Friday it was learned that President Trump will return to campaign in Duluth again, at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Duluth International Airport.All the VIP activity yields the question: Why do Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota make for such an appealing national political backdrop?The News Tribune asked three political experts about the area’s clout nationally. They examined history, the changing cultural landscape and even geography to […]

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