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Trump to rally in Philly as polls show former prez leading Biden in critical Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — As Donald Trump gears up for a rally Saturday night in Philadelphia, local Republicans are ready to welcome him with open arms and are hoping he stays on message.

“I’m a strong supporter of President Trump,” Chairman Bill Allen said. Pennsylvania Integrity Network“It’s right ahead!”

Trump’s visit to the Liacoras Center came shortly after polls showed him with a narrow lead over President Biden in Pennsylvania. A Marist College poll released last week showed voters in Biden’s home state favored the former president over the incumbent by 2 percentage points (47% to 45%). The Liacoras Center is a 10,200-seat arena in North Philadelphia that hosts Temple University basketball games and a variety of other events.

Temple University will host former President Donald Trump on Saturday, June 22. NurPhoto via Getty Images

One particular poll question proved even more troubling for Biden: 54% of respondents said their families have been “better off” under Trump, compared with 43% under Biden. Nearly the same number of people surveyed believe Trump’s administration (54%) has had a better impact on the country than Biden’s (45%).

It’s a message that Allen, who also manages Aaron Bashir’s Republican congressional campaign in Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District, and other Philadelphia Republicans hope Trump will focus on boosting voter turnout among disaffected young people in the city.

“He needs to really drive the point home: what have the Democrats given you? Seriously, what have they done for you?” Allen said of Trump’s message to urban voters. “And if he drives that home, I guarantee you he’ll win Pennsylvania in a landslide. He’ll get 40% of the vote in Philadelphia.”

The Cook Partisan Voting Index rates Bashir’s district, which covers the entire North/Northeast Philadelphia metropolitan area, as D+20. Nonetheless, Allen believes Trump’s message could help his candidate win the election.

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Aaron Bashir is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s heavily Democratic 2nd Congressional District. (Photo: @aaron_bashir/X)

“I was at a car dealership in Northeast Philadelphia. [Monday]”And everyone there is going to vote for Trump,” Allen said, noting that most of the people he spoke to were in the minority. “It doesn’t matter what the past was. We all know we’re hurting.”

The rally, originally called the “Temple of Apollo,” is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., with Trump speaking four hours later.

President Trump’s visit to the Temple University campus will be his fourth in the state this year.

In February, Trump campaigned at a National Rifle Association event in Harrisburg, made a surprise appearance at Sneaker Con in Philadelphia, where he unveiled his signature $399-a-pair “Never Surrender” high-top shoes, and in April held a rally at the Schnecksville Fire Station in the Lehigh Valley.

By contrast, Biden has spoken in Pennsylvania eight times this year, mostly in heavily Democratic Philadelphia and its suburbs.

During a recent visit to Philadelphia, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris denounced Trump as a racist in an attempt to win over black voters as polls show them drifting away from Democrats. The event took place on May 29 in a half-filled gymnasium at Girard College, a majority-minority boarding school that serves children from single-parent families.