MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Election Day is just two weeks away, and Minnesota Democrats are getting support from some of the most popular national campaigners.

First Lady Michelle Obama was the main attraction at an energetic get-out-the-vote rally at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

This was the first of three high-profile Democrats to be stumping the state for Minnesota candidates this week.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also be in Minneapolis, and Vice President Joe Biden will be up on the Iron Range stumping for Rep. Rick Nolan.

Obama was accompanied by Sen. Al Franken, Gov. Mark Dayton and others. About 2,200 people packed into Patrick Henry High, where they heard the first lady speak of the progress that’s been made over the last six years – both in the state and in the nation.

But the real message Tuesday was the importance of getting out the vote.

“You know what I need from you? I need you to vote. I need you to vote early, and I need you to get everyone you know to vote with you,” said Michelle Obama. “Bring your two people. And if you know two people, you know ten people.”

She reminded folks of the 8,800-vote margin that Dayton won by in his first gubernatorial election – which was two votes per precinct.

The first lady spoke for about 20 minutes, which was longer than most people thought she would.

Republicans say the fact that Democratic incumbents need high-profile visits is a sign of worry.

Often times in mid-term elections, it’s the base that actually decides the races.

Bill Hudson

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