Posted: 9:17 pm Monday, May 23rd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Three weeks after a convincing win in Indiana that knocked his last two rivals out of the GOP race, Donald Trump gets back in campaign mode on Tuesday, kicking off a four day, three state trip that will take him to some of the final states in the 2016 primary race.
Trump will start his trip in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Wednesday he holds a rally in Anaheim, California, then goes to Billings, Montana on Thursday, before returning to California for a rally in San Diego on Friday.
The Washington Post reported on Monday evening that Trump’s stop in Albuquerque would also include his first joint fundraiser with the Republican National Committee. Trump will also hold a fundraiser on Wednesday in Los Angeles – the first fundraisers Trump has held, after declaring repeatedly that he was self-funding his campaign – but now he’s raising big money with the RNC.
One might expect on this western swing that Trump will trumpet some recent polling numbers which have shown him gaining on Hillary Clinton; he’s been doing that on Twitter already:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2016
As for Clinton, even as she tries to get rid of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race, she has been taking more time to take jabs at Trump.
“A lot of Republicans themselves say Donald Trump is a disaster waiting to happen to America,” Clinton said to a friendly union audience in Detroit on Monday.
“I mean ask yourself – how can anyone lose money running a casino?” Clinton said to laughter, as she echoed a line used by other Republicans against Trump during the GOP primaries.
Clinton will be in California on Tuesday for campaign stops, as will Bernie Sanders, who has been peppering reporters with scheduling updates that almost make it look like he’s living in the Golden State.
“Sanders Adds to California Swing,” read the latest campaign email to drop into my inbox, as Sanders will be at the Anaheim Convention Center on Tuesday.
Trump will visit that same venue on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Trump is expected to edge even closer to being the official nominee of the Republican Party, as he should gain most of the 44 delegates up for grabs in Washington State.
Depending on which organization is doing the counting, Trump has just over 1100 pledged delegates; he should reach the magic number of 1,237 the night of June 7, when California and four other states vote for the GOP.
That same night, Clinton is expected to reach a majority as well; Democrats have five primaries and one caucus on June 7. The primaries end a week later on June 14 in the District of Columbia.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.