Political expert: Trump’s Hershey visit should rally his base

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – There’s a large white flag with red letters spelling out “Trump” outside of James McGaw’s home in Derry Township.

McGaw wants to be one of thousands who are expected to pack Giant Center in Hershey on Friday to hear Donald Trump speak.
“He’s going to bring jobs back to this country,” McGaw said about Trump. “That’s a good thing. We need jobs.”

A poll commissioned by abc27 News this week shows Trump is trailing Hillary Clinton by two points in Pennsylvania.

According to Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research, Friday’s campaign stop could swing Pennsylvania to Trump.

“Coming into the Midstate makes sense to get his base fired up,” Lee said. “Hopefully, that is contagious for the Trump folks.”

Lee said that is also why Clinton has stops planned for Pittsburgh and Philadelphia just days before the election.

“What it says to me, that she’s spending so much time here is, she hasn’t put Pennsylvania to bed,” Lee said. “This is a state that hasn’t gone Republican for a presidential candidate since Herbert Walker Bush in 1988.”

While Friday’s rally in Hershey is about getting Trump supporters to the polls, Clinton supporters in the Midstate said don’t count her out just yet.

“I think that any conscientious voter is already paying attention to what her platform is,” said Nancy Garber, a Clinton supporter.

The doors at Giant Center are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. and the rally is slated to start at 7 p.m.

Trump’s campaign team said homemade signs and large bags are not allowed.

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