According to a report from the City Pages, any hope that Donald Trump might have had of picking up Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes in the 2020 election should be put on hold.
In the 2016 election, Trump lost the state by a mere 1.5 percent while he was surprisingly picking up states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin which provided him with his Electoral College margin of victory as he lost the popular vote.
Trump’s popularity has already plummeted in those states putting his re-election chances in jeopardy and now Minnesota appears far out of his reach.
These days, the Trump campaign is loading up with staffers here, believing he can also become the first GOPer to win a statewide election in 14 years. Yet the numbers say it’s all for naught. At least for the moment,” the report states before adding, “According to Morning Consult, which conducts monthly presidential polling, Trump would get hammered if Minnesota’s elections were today.”
City Pages goes on to note “At issue is the president’s net approval rating – the spread between those who approve and disapprove of him. In Minnesota, he’s gone from that slim 1.5 percent loss to a negative 14 percent. These are the numbers of a landslide in the making.”
Citing approval numbers reported by Axios, City Pages point out Trump’s midwestern travails are not limited to Minnesota with the president at “at -11 in Michigan, -6 in Ohio” and “increasingly conservative Iowa has him at -11.”
Trump is not the only Republican having trouble in Minnesota, with the report noting the last Republican elected to statewide office was ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty — who didn’t even get through the primary in 2018.