Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar running for president


WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 13: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) participates in a markup hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee September 13, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A request during the hearing by the Democrats to subpoena documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s job as staff secretary in the George W. Bush administration was rejected by the Republicans. Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that the committee will hold its final vote on the nomination on September 20, 2018. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is joining the 2020 presidential race, becoming the most prominent Midwestern candidate as the party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.

Amy Klobuchar, a three-term senator from Minnesota, made the announcement Sunday in Minneapolis. She’s the most prominent Midwesterner in the race so far. Her party is trying to win back voters in a region that help put Donald Trump in the White House in 2016.

Klobuchar has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016.

She has said that success could translate to other Midwestern states such as Michigan and Wisconsin, reliably Democratic in presidential races for decades until Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.

The list of Democrats already in the race features several better-known senators with the ability to raise huge amounts of money. They include Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

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