Donald Trump is leaving no state unturned as he rolls his “Trump Train” into Delaware on Friday for a rally that will stream live from the State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The event takes place just two days after the first and only poll taken in the state showed the Republican front-runner with a seemingly insurmountable lead there.
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A Gravis Marketing poll released on Wednesday is the only poll available in Delaware, which with only 16 delegates, has not been a major focus of attention for candidates in either party.
Also, as a winner-take-all state for the Republicans, Trump opponents Ted Cruz and John Kasich may be conceding the state to the New York real estate developer, because even cutting into Trump’s lead there would do them no good when it comes to stopping Trump’s march to the 1,237 delegate total needed for the Republican nomination.
According to the Gravis poll, Trump does indeed hold a lead there, and it’s a massive one. Gravis puts support for Trump among Delaware Republicans at 55 percent. His closest competitor is Kasich at just 18 percent, a staggering 37-point lead for Donald Trump just a week ahead of the Delaware primary.
Donald Trump will helicopter into Delaware from Maryland, where, on Wednesday, he wasted no time getting back on the campaign trail just hours after recording his stunning New York primary victory.
Watch a full replay of that Maryland Donald Trump rally speech in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the Donald Trump rally at the 2,700-seat Quillen Arena on the State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware, click on the following video. The event is scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 22, 1 p.m. for live stream viewers in the Pacific time zone.
The fervor for Donald Trump among Delaware Republicans shown in the Gravis poll was reflected in the crowd at the Fairground Friday, with Trump supporters standing in line as early as 3 a.m. to ensure they got in to see the probable Republican nominee deliver his message in person.
Some in the crowd believe that their jobs are at risk and only Trump can save them, according to the Delaware Online news portal.
“I work for a major corporation. They’re sending all our jobs to India and building a plant in Mexico,” 57-year-old Kathleen Lodge-Brannan told a reporter from that news outlet. “I’ll know in six months if my job’s gonna go. I hope I hold onto it long enough to have Trump get in office so it can be saved.”
Presidential candidate visits to Delaware are rare, and the Trump visit on Friday appears to have the whole state in a frenzy.
“It’s a big deal. I mean this is really historic,” said Rob Arlett, Trump’s local campaign chair in Sussex County, Delaware. “For a presidential frontrunner this late in the game to make two visits to two different states in 48 hour is truly, I think a very historic event. What we’re expecting today is a very large crowd. Don’t know the total numbers at this moment but these tickets are free.”
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While Trump is known for peppering his rally speeches with outrageous and headline-making statements, just this week, his campaign declared that until now, Trump has merely been putting on an act.
“When he’s out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose,” Trump’s new campaign manager Paul Manafort was recorded as saying at a private meeting with Republican National Committee members. “The negatives will come down. The image is going to change.”
Will the “new” Donald Trump be on display in Delaware on Friday, or will the Trump who is, in Manafort’s words, “playing a part” show up to excite the crowd? Trump fans will need to watch the rally stream live to find out.
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