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Donald Trump is coming to Pa. for a Bucks County fundraiser, followed by a rally in Lehigh County

Aliya Schneider, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Political News

PHILADELPHIA — Former President Donald Trump will be in Bucks County on Saturday for a fundraiser before heading to the Lehigh Valley for a rally.

Both areas are critical battlegrounds in Pennsylvania as Trump campaigns against President Joe Biden this year.

Trump’s third visit to Pennsylvania this year comes just 10 days before the state’s primary. While the former president is the presumed Republican nominee, the April 23 primary could take the temperature of his support within the party.

Biden and Trump have polled closely in state polls, underscoring the importance of winning over voters in the swing state. The most recent Franklin & Marshall poll had Biden leading by two points, which was within the poll’s margin of error.

Trump will be in the commonwealth just two days before jury selection begins in Manhattan for his first of four criminal prosecutions. His former CFO, Allen Weisselberg, was this week sentenced to five months in a perjury trial as Trump’s lawyers aim to delay his pending trials.

In the afternoon, Trump is expected to attend a fundraiser at Newtown Athletic Club hosted by several longtime GOP donors, including Jim Worthington, the club’s owner who defied COVID-19 closures in 2020.

 

Trump supporters who want to welcome the former president but aren’t attending the event — for which ticket prices started at $2,500 a person — plan to gather outside. A flIer advertising the effort warns attendees to be on their best behavior.

Bucks County is one of the most important political battlegrounds in the country. It’s one of just a handful of bellwether areas in Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia’s only purple collar county.

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a self-described moderate Republican who represents the area and has a history of dodging questions about Trump, did not respond to inquiries about whether he’ll attend the fundraiser. Fitzpatrick has not yet said whether he will endorse Trump this year.

Indivisible Bucks County, a local chapter of a national progressive group, will rally in support of Biden in a caravan that will loop past

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