Trump to visit Bemidji as part of 'Great American Comeback' tour

The stop is set to coincide with Joe Biden's first Minnesota stop and the state's kickoff on early voting.

President Donald Trump arrives at the Mankato Regional Airport for a campaign event Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Joe Ahlquist /

ST. PAUL — President Donald Trump is set to visit Bemidji, Minn., on Sept. 18 as part of an airport hangar tour of the Midwest, his campaign announced Thursday, Sept. 10.

The president is set to speak to supporters during a tarmac stop before flying to Mosinee, Wis. Trump's campaign said supporters would be invited to join the "Great American Comeback" events.

The visits coincide with a Minnesota stop from former Vice President Joe Biden who will make his first campaign visit to the North Star state Friday, Sept. 18. Details about that event had not yet been released Thursday afternoon. Early voting in Minnesota also begins the 18th.

Trump has committed to snapping Minnesota's longest-in-the-nation track record of supporting a Democrat in a presidential contest. He came within 1.5 percentage points of victory in the state in 2016 and with more money and campaign infrastructure in the state this time around, Minnesota has increasingly been viewed as a toss-up leading into Election Day.

Recent polling in Minnesota shows Biden has an edge over Trump. A poll released Wednesday by Morning Consult showed Biden had a 5-point advantage over Trump, while a KSTP-TV/SurveyUSA poll indicated the former vice president had a 9-point lead in the contest.


The Trump campaign event is set to take place at Bemidji Aviation Services Friday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. Those interested in attending can register for tickets on the Trump campaign's website .

Dana Ferguson is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Ferguson has covered state government and political stories since she joined the news service in 2018, reporting on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the divided Statehouse and the 2020 election.
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