Donald Trump is due to make his first fundraising appearance here in about two weeks.
Hamline University political analyst David Schultz says Minnesota is a source of a lot of money for Republicans, and Trump has designated Minnesota one of 17 states he thinks he has a chance to win and he’s coming here “with the hope of sort of creating some noise for himself.” Schultz says the next three weeks will be a good time for both parties to raise money and conduct “quieter campaign activity” as political coverage may be temporarily overshadowed by the Olympics.
And he says it’s premature to write off the Trump campaign after recent news reports of turmoil within the campaign. That’s because, Schultz says, Trump has “pulled even just about with Clinton in terms of fundraising, which is telling me something to the effect that he is consolidating Republican donors and getting them to contribute to him. I think that’s a very major news story.”