Among swing states, Minnesota isn't one of the usual suspects: In 2000 and 2004, the state went for the Democratic presidential candidate, though by slim margins. But this year, it's a key battleground state.
Barack Obama's double-digit lead in state polls has shrunk to just over 2 points. Ron Carey, chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, says the state's voters are becoming disenchanted with the presumptive Democratic nominee.
"I describe Barack Obama as basically being like a sugar high," Carey says. "You know, it tastes good and you feel wonderful for a while. But the sugar high is starting to wear off, and reality is setting in… People don't feel as good when they look at the specifics of what an Obama presidency would look like."
Carey says the GOP is stepping up its grassroots campaigning in Minnesota. The state party is working with presumptive GOP nominee John McCain's campaign to build an 87-county organization of volunteers, who help identify potential McCain voters and distribute campaign literature.
Carey talks to Michele Norris about the GOP's efforts to turn Minnesota red in the fall vote.