Poll: Republican Jim Schultz Leads Minnesota AG Keith Ellison by 7 Points 

Jim Schultz, the Republican candidate for attorney general in Minnesota, has extended his lead over Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) to seven points, according to a poll.

The most recent KSTP/SurveyUSA poll found that 49 percent of likely Minnesota voters support Schultz, compared to just 42 percent for Ellison. An additional nine percent of voters remain undecided.

“Minnesotans are ready for change,” Schultz declared on Twitter after the poll results were released.

Schultz has continued to gain momentum over Ellison, who previously led Schultz by six points in KSTP/SurveyUSA’s September poll and led by two in an early October poll.

“Ellison has to hope that almost all of the undecideds vote for the incumbent, and that very rarely happens,” Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier said. “Most undecideds vote for the challenger.”

Schultz’s surge in the polls can likely be attributed to his tough-on-crime campaign, as Americans are increasingly concerned about violent crime within the country. For example, a Pew Research Center poll found that 61 percent of American voters believe violent crime is “very important” when deciding who to vote for in next week’s midterm elections.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announces that charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter had been filed against former Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao in the death of George Floyd on June 3, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. Ellison also announced that charges against former officer Derek Chauvin were upgraded to second-degree murder. On May 25, Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for nine minutes while detaining him on suspicion of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. Floyd went unconscious and died at the scene. The other officers were part of the responding team. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on June 3, 2020, in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

On the crime issue, Schultz has a 54-point advantage over Ellison at 73 to 19 percent.

“The fact that Schultz has a huge margin amongst those who think crime is a top issue really helps to explain his lead,” Schier added.

Interestingly, Ellison’s lead in the Twin Cities metro area is only six percent, which is well below the double-digit lead many other statewide Democrats hold in that area. However, Schultz has “big leads in every other part of the state,” KSTP reported.

The poll surveyed 836 likely Minnesota voters from October 26 to October 30. The survey’s margin of error is ±3.9 percent.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter. 

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MN AG Ellison: Trump Has a Real Shot at Winning Minnesota

MN AG Ellison: Trump Has a Real Shot at Winning Minnesota

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Friday on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” that President Donald Trump has a real shot of winning Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes.

Anchor Chris Cuomo said, “The president is putting a lot of money into your state. He’s greatly increased his ad buy, 1.2 million in TV advertising in the final week of the campaign, more than was spent in the preceding three weeks combined. Do you think the president has a real shot in Minnesota?”

Ellison said, “Honestly, yeah, I do. I will tell you, I believe in our campaign workers and organizers. They’re working extremely hard. I can tell you that Minnesotans know what a problem Trump is. They know he doesn’t care about their health care. They know all the bad things about him. But there are some folks who still are supporting him. And so what I tell people is, one, he does have a shot, don’t play it cheap, work hard for every single vote. And don’t stop until 8:00 on November 3.”

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Donald Trump Personally Greets Minnesota Overflow Crowd After Democrat Limits Rally to 250

Donald Trump Personally Greets Minnesota Overflow Crowd After Democrat Limits Rally to 250

President Donald Trump took time to greet a massive overflow crowd of supporters in Minnesota on Friday after Democrat officials limited his campaign rally to 250.

After arriving at the airport, the president rode in his limousine away from the rally location and down the fence line of the airport, where thousands of people were waiting outside.

He waved at supporters from inside the car and exited the vehicle to greet some of them.

“There are thousands of people, all because the governor wants to play games,” Trump said to reporters.

After he returned to the rally, President Trump accused local Democrat officials and Gov. Tim Walz of trying to get him to cancel the event.

“Your far-left Democrat attorney general Keith Ellison and your democrat governor tried to shut down our rally, silence the people of Minnesota, and take away your freedom and your rights,” Trump said.

The location of the rally was moved from the airport to a larger location, but Ellison pressured the owners of the building to deliver a “COVID Safty Plan” and limited the gathering to 250. Trump vowed to hold the rally despite the restrictions.

“I said, ‘No way – I will never abandon the people of Minnesota. I will come out,” Trump said.

The president thanked his supporters, calling them “American patriots” and tore into Ellison for restricting their rally.

“When large numbers of rioters and vandals sacked the city of Minneapolis early this year, Keith Ellison did not ask them to submit a permit,” he said.

The president said Ellison unfairly blocked his supporters from attending the rally, while he was more permissive of the leftist rioters and looters that stormed Minneapolis during the George Floyd protests in the summer.

“Keith Ellison sided with flag burning extremists over law-abiding Americans,” Trump wrote. “He treats you like second class citizens. He believes that the pro-American voters have fewer rights than anti-American demonstrators.”

Trump continued and added:

Keith Ellison and Joe Biden want to imprison you in your homes while letting anarchists, agitators, and vandals roam free as they destroy your cities and states. The Democrat party wants you to be banned from peaceful assembly while they allow their supporters to burn down a police precinct.

Trump spoke for about 23 minutes at the podium before leaving the rally.

“This Tuesday or sooner, get out and vote. Every one of you,” he said as he concluded. “Remember what your governor did this evening. And it’s a small thing but a horrible thing to thousands and thousands of people that are outside.”

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Keith Ellison Wields Power to Restrict Freedom of Assembly of Political Opponents at Minnesota Trump Rally

Keith Ellison Wields Power to Restrict Freedom of Assembly of Political Opponents at Minnesota Trump Rally

The venue for President Donald Trump’s political rally in Minnesota scheduled for Friday will be restricted to only 250 people after Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison put pressure on the business owners of multiple locations.

The rally was initially planned at the Rochester airport, but Ellison’s office demanded a “COVID preparedness plan” from officials from the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and the Rochester airport, as well as the Republican National Committee to ensure the event was safe.

The event was then moved to Dodge Center, prompting Ellison’s office to ask the Trump campaign and the owner of the building McNeilus Steel for their “COVID Preparedness Plan.”

That prompted the Trump campaign to move the event again, back to the airport.

“Thanks to the free speech-stifling dictates of Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, only the first 250 people will be admitted,” the campaign said in a statement sent late Thursday night.

“Without question, Minnesota Democrats had hoped that the President would simply cancel the event, but he will not allow partisan politicians to deprive people of their First Amendment rights to gather peacefully to hear directly from the President of the United States,” the statement continued.

Trump supporters volunteering for the event immediately expressed their outrage on social media when they found out from organizers that the rally location was canceled. Comparisons were made with the large crowds of protesters last summer over the death of George Floyd.

Minnesota Republican chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan called out Ellison and Gov. Tim Waltz for suppressing the First Amendment right to free assembly.

“Suppression. Interference with our first amendment rights,” she wrote on Twitter. “This is what Gov Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison are doing by abusing the power of their offices to block us from seeing our President!”

President Trump repeatedly calls his rallies “peaceful protests,” exempting the campaign from coronavirus restrictions on crowds, primarily in Democrat states.

The local politics of rallies during the coronavirus continues to build in states led by Democrats.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will hold a campaign rally at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee tomorrow, less than a week after the airport refused to allow President Trump to hold a rally there.

An airport spokesman told Dan O’Donnell, the host of a local talk show in Wisconsin, that Biden’s rally would be much smaller and permitted.

In September, pressure from local officials forced the Trump campaign to shift rally locations in Nevada.

Ellison defended his actions in a statement to ABC5 News as part of his responsibility to keep Minnesotans “safe” from the coronavirus.

“We did not cancel this event: indeed, we have no authority to cancel events and have never cancelled an event,” he said, and added, “As Attorney General charged with enforcing our executive orders, I take very seriously my responsibility to stop it from spreading and cannot not exempt anyone, regardless of their political views, from complying with requirements to keep all Minnesotans safe from it.”

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