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Jill Biden, Doug Emhoff to visit Twin Cities, Rochester

It's one of many recent campaign visits to Minnesota, a battleground state in the 2020 election.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Joe Biden's campaign announced its next in-person visit to Minnesota: Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff will travel to the Twin Cities and Rochester.

Jill Biden is the wife of presidential candidate Joe Biden, and Doug Emhoff is the husband of Biden's vice presidential pick, Kamala Harris. Their visit is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15. 

Biden and Emhoff will begin the day in St. Paul where they will visit with members of Minnesota's Hmong community. 

Afterwards, they'll take part in a Students for Biden Mobilization event in Minneapolis. 

Finally, they will go to Rochester, where they will participate in a mobilization event with essential workers.

It's one of many visits to Minnesota this year from both Biden and Trump campaigns. 

"(Minnesota) is a battleground state. It’s not necessarily a swing state yet,” said David Schultz, professor of political science at Hamline University. “It’s clearly a state that both sides think they can win.”

Minnesota last swung Republican in the 1972 presidential election for Richard Nixon. But Trump came close in 2016.

A recent KARE 11/MPR News/Star Tribune Minnesota Poll found that Biden currently holds a 6% lead over Trump in Minnesota, but a wide gap between urban and rural opinion is clear.