Trump could make campaign stop in Rhode Island

By Bianca Buono


Donald Trump could be making a campaign swing through Rhode Island ahead of the state’s April 26th primary. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has yet to make a campaign stop in the Ocean State, but Representative Joe Trillo is working to change that.

"Obviously every state wants to see him come to their states so we’re in the process of, right now, we have a request in and we’re just waiting for the Trump campaign to decide where he goes next,” said Rep. Joe Trillo.

Trillo, the honorary state chairman for Trump’s campaign, says he’s been talking with Trump’s campaign on a daily basis, trying to organize a visit to the Ocean State ahead of its primary on April 26th. He says a visit could be good for the Republican Party in the long run.

"I think it’s a good thing for the voters for the general election. I’m not sure it’s going to have that much of an impact in terms of the primary,” said Trillo.

One political science professor at Providence College says it’s no surprise Trillo is pushing for a visit and says there’s a good chance it will happen.

"Normally it wouldn’t happen but in the circumstances right now, Trump probably will come to Rhode Island,” said Joe Cammarano, a political science professor at Providence College.

He’s referring to the ongoing battle for the GOP nomination. Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are all fighting for as many delegates as possible to avoid a contest at the party’s national convention this summer, making every primary an important one.

"Rhode Island primaries generally are irrelevant to the ultimate nomination but Donald Trump needs as many votes in Rhode Island because it’s not clear he’s going to get the majority going into the convention,” said Cammarano.

"We have 19 delegates, three of them are super delegates,” Trillo explained.

Trillo says Trump’s campaign hasn’t been making their decisions on where to visit very far in advance, but says the state will be ready if they do choose to visit Rhode Island next month.

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