18 Sep, 2020 09:45 am

Trump in 'jam' in Minnesota as in-person voting begins, but 'turnout' key for Biden

Minnesota is seen as a potential swing state in the presidential election, given President Donald Trump’s narrow loss to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

ABC News p Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, accepts the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Aug.Political scientist Larry Jacobs, the founder of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, told ABC News that "deep disapproval" in the president's handling of the pandemic is central to why he is in a "jam" in Minnesota." The new ABC News poll results show that views on the economy and the coronavirus pandemic are defining the 2020 race.According to the new ABC News poll, Biden has a 16-point lead in the Minnesota suburbs, a 21-point lead with independents and a vast lead with women, leading Trump 67% to 31% in the state and with a 40-point lead among suburban women.

Leslie Redmond, president of the NAACP's Minneapolis chapter, told ABC News that even before the coronavirus plagued the nation, Black people in Minnesota "were already in a state of emergency," facing "some of the worst racial disparities" economically and socially.Grace Wachlarowicz, assistant city clerk and director of Elections & Voter Services in Minneapolis, told ABC News that 114,891 mail ballots will be sent out to voters on Friday.

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