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Donald Trump Announces Wisconsin Trip

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Former President Donald Trump announced that he would head to the battleground state of Wisconsin next week.

“Trump will head to Waukesha on May 1. The event will take place at Waukesha County Expo Center, located at 1000 Northview Road. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Trump’s remarks are set to begin at 2 p.m.,” Spectrum News reported.

“Trump’s last visit to Wisconsin was on April 2 in Green Bay, Wis. Before that, the former president’s last visit to the Badger State was in Aug. 2022,” the outlet added.

This comes after a new poll found that Trump has dramatically increased his relatively small lead in national surveys over President Joe Biden.

CNN’s survey, conducted by SSRS, found Trump a stunning 6 points ahead of Biden—49-43 percent, well outside the margin of error—with 8 percent undecided. Previously, Trump had led Biden by much smaller margins or was virtually tied with him, according to RealClearPolitics’ polling average.

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But all that changed in April — ironically, the same month that Trump’s first criminal trial began in Manhattan on 34 felony counts related to a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who admitted in a 2018 statement in a letter made public that she had not had an affair with the future president.

“And in the coming rematch, opinions about the first term of each man vying for a second four years in the White House now appear to work in Trump’s favor, with most Americans saying that, looking back, Trump’s term as president was a success, while a broad majority says Biden’s has so far been a failure,” the polling firm said in an analysis of its survey data.

“Republicans now are more unified around the idea that Trump’s presidency was a success than Democrats are that Biden’s has been one. Overall, 92% of Republicans call Trump’s time in office a success, while just 73% of Democrats say Biden’s has been a success so far. Among independents, 51% say Trump’s presidency was successful, while only 37% see Biden’s as a success,” the analysis continued.

In a five-way race with independent candidates Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, “Trump holds 42% to Biden’s 33%, with Kennedy at 16%, West at 4% and Stein at 3%. Kennedy draws 13% each from supporters of Biden and Trump in the initial two-way matchup,” the CNN poll found.

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According to voters, the economy held greater significance “than they were in each of the past two presidential contests,” with 70 percent of all Americans expressing dissatisfaction with current economic conditions in the U.S. Additionally, other major issues varied considerably depending on party affiliation.

The analysis noted further: “Among Democratic-aligned voters, protecting democracy (67%), abortion (54%), the economy (52%), gun policy (51%) and health care (49%) all rank as key for about half or more, while on the GOP-aligned side, it’s the economy (79%), immigration (71%), crime (65%) and then democracy (54%).”

Without a doubt, Trump’s lead has increased as a result of receiving more support from voting blocs that typically lean heavily Democratic. Black voters (particularly black men), Hispanics, and young voters between the ages of 18-29 have been steadily increasing their support for Trump.

A new survey earlier this month found that his polling among the younger voter demographic has fallen to its lowest in recent election cycles for the Democratic candidate.

“The latest Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) Youth Poll shows Biden at 50% to Trump’s 37% in a head-to-head matchup among 18- to 29-year-olds. In a five-way race with Robert Kennedy Jr., Jill Stein, and Cornel West factored in, Biden’s lead shrinks even more among young voters as he leads Trump by just seven percentage points with 16% of those surveyed saying they were still undecided,” The Daily Wire reported on Thursday.

“In the 2020 election, both Gen Z (ages 18-23) and Millennial (ages 24-39) voters favored Biden by 20 percentage points, according to Pew Research,” the outlet noted further.

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