Donald Trump, after declaring himself the “presumptive” Republican nominee, rolls into Costa Mesa, California, Thursday with a rally that will stream live, as the New York billionaire takes a first step to introduce himself in person to voters in the nation’s most populous state.
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“It just gives us an opportunity to get into the state and say here we are,” Tim Clark, California campaign manager for Trump, said. “We can draw volunteers as far south as San Diego and as far north as Los Angeles.”
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Trump will need to cover the entire state of California, which holds its primary on June 7. While the state comes with 172 delegates, the biggest haul in the entire primary process, only 13 of those delegates go to the Republican candidate who wins the popular vote statewide.
The other 159 are divvied out three-apiece among the 53 California congressional districts — meaning that, in effect, the California primary is not one election, but 54 in total. For Trump to hit the target of 1,237 delegates needed to lock down the Republican presidential nomination before the party’s national convention in Cleveland, which opens July 18, he will need to win a large share of those 172 delegates.
Trump has already begun to “pivot” to a general election strategy, even delivering what was intended as a serious address on foreign policy in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. In the speech, Trump outlined a policy that he labeled “America first,” in which the United States would require foreign allies to pay more for their security arrangements or risk losing the support of the American military.
Watch the Donald Trump foreign policy speech in its entirety in the following video.
To watch a livestream of the Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa, California, the heart of Orange County, click on the video below. The event is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. Pacific Time, 10 p.m. Eastern, at the Pacific Amphitheater at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, on Thursday, April 28.
At the Costa Mesa rally, Trump is expected to focus less on his Republican rivals and to step up attacks on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who, after her wins in four of five states on Tuesday, now appears to have the Democratic nomination locked up.
In his Tuesday victory speech after sweeping all five states that held primaries on Tuesday, Trump blasted Clinton as “crooked,” as well as physically weak.
“She doesn’t have the strength, she doesn’t have the stamina … to deal with China or other things,” Trump declared, also attributing Clinton’s success in the Democratic primaries almost solely to the fact that she is a woman.
If Clinton were a man, Trump claimed, she would have received no more than five percent of the vote. Trump also said that Clinton’s campaign is based on “the woman card.”
However, Donald Trump himself has some work to do in winning women voters to his side. According to a recent Gallup poll, seven out of 10 women hold an “unfavorable” opinion of the real estate mogul, while only 23 percent, just over two out of 10, say they feel “favorable” toward Trump.
For that matter, according to the same Gallup poll, Trump is far from popular with men, who view him in unfavorable terms at a 58 percent rate, while just 36 percent of men have favorable opinions of Donald Trump.
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Both the favorable and unfavorable opinions will be on full display at the Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa on Thursday evening. While the rally is expected to attract a large crowd of supporters, the local Democratic Party has announced that it will organize a protest against Donald Trump, citing what they say is the candidate’s “racism, sexism, religious bigotry (and) disregard for international law.”
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