Battleground State Profile: Minnesota



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State Data:


2008 Caucus Results:


Barack Obama: 66%

Hillary Clinton: 32%



Mit Romney: 41%

John McCain: 22%

Mike Huckabee: 20%



2004 Election Results:


John Kerry: 51.09%

George W. Bush: 47.61%



2000 Election Results:


Al Gore: 47.90%

George W. Bush: 45.50%



Racial Breakdown:


White: 88.2%

Black: 3.5%

Hispanic: 2.9%

Other: 5.4%



Income:


Under 25k: 23.5%

25-50k: 29.4%

50-100k: 34.5%

Over 100k: 12.6%



Education:


Less than H.S.: 12%

H.S. or Higher: 87.9%

BA or Higher: 27.4%

Grad/Prof Deg: 8.3%



Who do you think will win Minnesota?



John McCain


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Minnesota



Minnesota is famous for its quirky political culture-after all, it's the only state that once elected a former pro-wrestler as its governor and currently has a comedian running for a hotly-contested senate seat. The state is shaping up to remain an unpredictable presidential battleground in November.


Republicans picked Minnesota for their convention for a reason and are obviously preparing for an all-out fight here.


John Kerry defeated President Bush by less than four percent in 2004, but early surveys show Obama with a much more comfortable lead. Still, Republicans picked Minnesota for their convention for a reason and are obviously preparing for an all-out fight here.

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Poll Averages




Real Clear Politics averages recent polls from a wide number of media sources, including some not recognized or used by CBS News, and shows the average lead of the top candidate.