In the final 48 hours of a fiercely fought presidential election, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan swept into the Twin Cities on Sunday, Nov. 4, to tell the party faithful the GOP ticket has a realistic shot at winning Minnesota for the first time in 40 years.
"Minnesota, work with us, join with us. Together we can do this," Ryan told a crowd of about 8,000 packed into a Sun Country Airlines hangar at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and an overflow audience of about 2,000 more listening to loudspeakers outside the building.
The excited crowd chanted "two more days" and waved "Minnesota believes" signs as Ryan arrived on the Romney campaign's "Believe in America" jet.
GOP Congressman John Kline said he hasn't seen rank-and-file Minnesota Republicans so excited about the possibility of a presidential win here in years. They have flooded the party's phone banks in recent days to turn out voters, he said.
"They believe it. They can taste it," Kline said. "Minnesota is in the hunt."