Presidential candidates campaign in Pennsylvania in preparation for Tuesday’s primary.
Written by Lydia Williams
Many of the leading presidential candidates campaigned throughout Pennsylvania over the weekend before the state goes to the polls with Pennsylvania’s primary on Tuesday, April 26.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump held a rally last Thursday evening at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Trump spoke to a mixed-aged crowd of 6,000 people, including some protestors, according to Lancaster Online. View photos.
Senator Ted Cruz met with hundreds of supporters in Allentown on Friday. According to NBC News, Cruz has become known for campaigning places not often visited.
Governor John Kasich held a town-hall style event in suburban Philadelphia on Friday.
Senator Bernie Sanders became the first presidential candidate to visit Lancaster County this year, speaking at Millersville University Friday night. 3,000 students and community members attended the rally, according to Lancaster Online. Invited by the university’s Democratic organization, Sanders spoke on a variety of topics, like women’s issues, raising the minimum wage and on tuition-free college education. View photos.
A Franklin & Marshall College poll released on Thursday showed Hillary Clinton with 58 percent of Democratic voters’ support to Sanders’ 31 percent, according to Lancaster Online.
On Saturday, Bill Clinton appeared on his wife Hillary’s behalf in Swarthmore and Ambler, according to Lancaster Online. Former President Clinton discussed gun violence at a middle school with mass shooting survivor and U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly.
This coming Monday, Trump will speak at West Chester University.
According to CNN, Trump has dedicated more than $1.4 million in Pennsylvania markets for ad time as he released a pair of new ads featuring Trump and his son. With $1 million also spent in Indiana, these are significantly larger advertising purchases than spent in previous states. Trump’s new ads appear to be an effort to maximize his number of delegates before the Republican convention. One ad shows the softer side while also emphasizing his ability as a tough negotiator, according to CNN.
On Monday evening, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are expected in Philadelphia for back-to-back town hall meetings hosted by MSNBC.
The Pennsylvania primary will be held this Tuesday. According to Penn Live, voting should be higher than normal because of the sizable delegate count and because of several high-profile state and local races.