Donald Trump heads east from New York to Connecticut for a huge rally Friday in Hartford as Trump appears confident enough in his huge lead in his home state to begin his attempt to lock down the neighboring state as well. And while there has been only one poll taken in Connecticut so far this year, Trump appears poised for another big victory there as well.
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Connecticut holds its Republican, and Democratic, primary on April 26, one week after the voting in New York where Trump’s lead appears insurmountable.
In nine separate polls released in New York this month, Trump has led in every one by more than 20 percentage points over Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. In fact, the most recent poll by Siena College, released on April 11, showed Trump with a 23 point lead over Kasich — and that was the tightest poll so far.
So perhaps feeling that he has New York in the bag, Trump moves at least for one night to neighboring Connecticut as he tries to rack up enough delegates to reach the threshold of 1,237 that will seal the Republican nomination for him on the first ballot of the party’s convention in Cleveland in July.
Watch a full replay of the Hartford, Connecticut, Donald Trump rally in the video below. The rally is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, 4 p.m. Pacific, on Friday, April 15, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
On Thursday, Donald Trump created yet another of what seem to be his daily controversies when he spoke in the Suffolk County, New York, town of Patchogue — a town, which in November of 2008 was the site of a series of violent and racially motivated attacks against Latino immigrants by gangs of local teenagers.
The attacks culminated in the stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero, a 37-year-old immigrant from Ecuador who was employed at a local dry cleaning business.
The Patchogue visit by Trump — who has made opposition to immigration a centerpiece of his campaign and pledged that as president he will deport all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States back to their home countries — was attacked by critics as an “insult” to the memory of Lucero.
Joesph Lucero, brother to the slain hate-crime victim, said that he did not welcome Donald Trump to Patchogue, saying, “My community has suffered so much discrimination.”
Watch a full replay of the Donald Trump speech Thursday in Patchogue, New York, in the video below.
Trump also spoke on Thursday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York City — a speech that drew hundreds of protesters, many of whom stormed the hotel lobby and elevators in what was described in local New York media as a “guerrilla action.”
The action resulted in the arrest of what was reported to be “dozens” of protesters.
Nonetheless, Trump not only leads by a seemingly unbeatable margin in the New York Republican race, but according to an Emerson College poll released earlier this week, he also holds a similarly massive lead in Connecticut.
The poll showed Donald Trump garnering an even 50 percent of the Republican vote in Connecticut, 24 points ahead of Kasich, in a state which automatically awards 13 of the state’s 25 pledged delegates to the statewide winner of the April 26 primary.
But a candidate who wins at least 50 percent of the vote in Connecticut also wins the other 13 delegates outright. That means, if the Emerson College poll is accurate and holds until April 26, Trump is in line to claim all of the Connecticut delegates.
The Connecticut, rally will be the second of the day on Friday for Donald Trump, who also holds an event in Plattsburgh, New York, earlier that afternoon.
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