In another sign of his belief that he can redraw the electoral map, Donald Trump will campaign this week in Maine, a state which hasn’t voted Republican in a presidential election in 28 years.
According to the Trump campaign, the presumptive Republican nominee will host a rally Wednesday afternoon in Bangor. The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center, with doors opening at 1 p.m.
Trump last visited the country’s northeasternmost state in March, when he held a rally in Portland in which he bashed 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
A Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram poll last week showed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leading the real estate developer 42 percent to 35 percent in the state, though both candidates were viewed unfavorably by Maine voters.
The Associated Press reported in May that Maine was one of roughly 15 states where the Trump campaign was focusing general election staffing, a unconventional move considering that the state hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since President George H.W. Bush in 1988. Last cycle, President Barack Obama defeated Romney by more than 15 points in the state.
Maine was the only New England state that Trump did not win during the Republican primary, despite receiving the endorsement of the state’s Republican governor, Paul LePage. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, won the state with 45.9 percent of the primary vote, to Trump’s 32.6 percent.