MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has historically been a place a Democratic presidential nominee could count on.

Through presidential landslides and squeakers, the party’s nominee has won the state in every presidential election since 1976.

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The Democratic streak is unmatched anywhere in the country. Richard Nixon was the last Republican to win in Minnesota. That was in 1972.

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President Obama would seem to have Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes tucked away. But a recent statewide poll by the Star Tribune showed the Democrat’s lead over Republican Mitt Romney had dwindled to within the margin of error, prompting a last-minute flurry of activity.

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for Obama in St. Cloud, while Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan rallied at the Minneapolis airport.

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