Trump makes a pitch for Connecticut, a Democratic stronghold


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has not been in Republican hands since George H.W. Bush won the state in 1988. No matter, Donald Trump says as he promises to pursue the Democratic stronghold.

Trump told a crowd gathered for an Saturday evening rally in a sweltering Fairfield gym that he was making “a big play” for Connecticut.

Still, campaigning in Connecticut is raising eyebrows among many Republicans nervous about Trump’s slipping poll numbers in a series of key swing states and battlegrounds — and even some usual GOP turf.

The wealthy southern coast of Connecticut, made up of tony New York City suburbs, has long been fertile fundraising ground and Trump held an event nearby before the rally.

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