Widening the Battlefield
Republican Mitt Romney is placing television ads in Minnesota, a move that pushes his presidential campaign into a state Democrats have held for more than three decades.
Republicans and Democrats who track campaign spending confirmed late Thursday that Romney will begin running ads in Minnesota over the weekend. The investment is described as a small buy that Democrats suggest is simply intended to generate media coverage and force President Barack Obama’s campaign to invest there as well.
It's not about winning Minnesota -- not even Reagan did that. Although the state has changed since 1984, and has no native son on this year's Democrat ticket. But it is about spreading Obama's defenses thinner, making it more likely to pick up states like OH and WI.
(H/T Brian on Twitter.)