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Associated Press, Published October 30 2012

Minnesota Democrats lean on Clinton to rally election base

MINNEAPOLIS — With a massive storm out east throwing the two presidential candidates to the sidelines, former President Bill Clinton was planning to make the case for Democrat Barack Obama's re-election in two Minnesota stops.

Tuesday's visit by Clinton to college campuses in Minneapolis and Duluth was intended as a get-out-the-vote call in a state Obama's campaign calls essential to his prospects.

Republicans argue the Clinton visit is a reaction to an electorate they see as breaking GOP nominee Mitt Romney's way late in the race. Both Romney and Obama have begun airing ads in Minnesota, but the incumbent has a bigger campaign footprint.

Along with his pitch for Obama, Clinton was planning to highlight Democrat Rick Nolan's campaign to unseat GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack for a northern Minnesota congressional seat.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.