By Esme Murphy

For weeks, Humphrey Institute Professor Larry Jacobs has said Mitt Romney was making a huge mistake by not putting resources into Minnesota.

Only after last Sunday’s Star Tribune poll showing that Romney was down by just 3 percentage points to the President, did the Romney campaign begin running ads here.

The ads are running and Paul Ryan will campaign here tomorrow. The President has responded with ads here as well and former President Bill Clinton will campaign here tomorrow too.

But is it too late for Romney both in Minnesota and nationwide? The New York Times says of 22 swing state polls published Friday, Romney leads in only one, Florida.

The President remains ahead in the swing states of Iowa and Wisconsin. The Twin Cities and other Minnesota media markets bleed into both Iowa and Wisconsin.

If Romney had waged a battle for Minnesota there would have been ads on Minnesota stations that would have been seen in both those states.

Hindsight is 20/20. And both campaigns have been dealt with the mother of all October surprises in Hurricane Sandy. So far, polls in the Hurricane’s aftermath show a boost for the President.

If gas lines and relief efforts continue to stall, that could change. But time is running out. The second guessing is just beginning.


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