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Trump's Duluth speech moved to larger arena

DFL plans its own rally nearby; plans for Fargo trip announced

June 11, 2018 - 3:35 pm

President Trump's speech on Wednesday in Duluth is now scheduled for a larger facility.

Plans were for the president to speak at the DECC, which seats about 6,600 people. Because of what party officials are calling a high demand for tickets, the event is now taking place at AMSOIL Arena.

The 9,000 seat facility is in the same complex at the DECC arena.

Democrats are planning a rally of their own in Duluth at the same time Trump is scheduled to speak. The event starts at Lake Place Park and includes a march through the city's downtown.

Trump's Re-Election Campaign announced the rally on June 11. It says Trump is expected to discuss the economy, trade and his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  The rally will be at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center at 6:30 pm. Tickets must be reserved via the Trump campaign website.  

The president is also scheduled to attend a rally in Fargo, ND on June 27, where he will campaign for statewide Republicans. Plans for the Fargo trip were announced Saturday.

The appearance in Fargo takes place at Scheels Arena, which seats about 6,000.

Duluth is in Northeastern Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, a one-time Democratic stronghold that Trump carried by nearly 16 percentage points in 2016, and the race for the open 8th District seat is considered a tossup.  Rick Nolan is not running for re-election in the 8th.  

WCCO Political Analyst Blois Olson says, "The 8th Congressional District is one of the ten most targeted races in the country.  Republicans are betting that there's a divide between environmentalists and traditional DFL voters who are labor unions and miners."

Jennifer Carnahan, Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman, said, "We are so excited to welcome President Trump back to Minnesota next week. The importance of Minnesota this election cycle - in influencing the balance of power in Washington D.C. for the next two-years - and ensuring we send the President conservative reinforcements depends on our ability to Make Minnesota Red.  The President's support in our state today, has grown, from when he first took office in January, 2017. We look forward to the momentum and positive energy his visit will bring to Minnesota Republicans and our opportunities this election cycle."  

Currently, the President is in Singapore preparing for an historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  WCCO Radio and wccoradio.com will have full coverage of the summit Monday night and early Tuesday.  

Trump will be the first sitting President to visit Duluth since George W. Bush in 2004.