Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to campaign in St. Cloud on Sunday night according to two people with knowledge of the event. The event comes just two days before Election Day and just hours after Paul Ryan holds a campaign rally in Minneapolis.
Ryan, the Republican candidate for Vice President, is holding his rally at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport. Clinton’s event is aimed to help President Obama’s reelection campaign in Minnesota but is also aimed at helping Democrat Jim Graves in his campaign against Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Clinton campaigned in Minneapolis and Duluth earlier this week.
The race for president in Minnesota has been getting extra attention from the campaigns in recent weeks. Both campaigns are spending money on TV ads in the state but disagree over how close the race is. Republicans say it’s tightening but President Obama’s campaign says it is well ahead in the polls.
Minnesota last voted for a Republican candidate for president in 1972.
Update: Public Policy Polling, a firm linked to Democrats, released a poll today that has President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney by nine percentage points in MN.
UPDATE: Clinton will hold a “grassroots event” at St. Cloud State University, doors open at 6:45p Sunday, the Obama campaign said Friday night.