1968 Wharton graduate and President Donald Trump will participate in a town hall event in Scranton, Pa. on Thursday night, marking his first visit to the state before the 2020 presidential election.
The hour-long event will be broadcasted live on Fox News from the Scranton Cultural Center. Pennsylvania is expected to be a crucial swing state in the upcoming election. RealClearPolitics polling averages show both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Trump by 3 points.
Trump won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes in the 2016 election by a margin of about 44,000 votes, which was less than one percent of the vote, according to CNN Politics. This marked the first time since 1988 that Pennsylvania’s electoral votes were allocated to the Republican nominee in a presidential race.
The event marks an earlier visit to Pennsylvania compared to the previous election cycle. Trump did not make his first visit to the state in 2016 until April 13th. He held his first 2016 event in Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center at a rally, where he pledged to restore the city’s abandoned steel industry.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made 18 visits to Pennsylvania ahead of the 2016 election. Among those trips, he made two to Scranton, the first on July 27 and the second on Nov. 7, the day before the election. Both events were held at Lackawanna College.
Trump made five visits to the state of Pennsylvania in 2019. He most recently visited Pennsylvania to attend the 120th Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia on Dec. 14, where he visited both teams in their locker rooms and did the coin toss prior to the start of the game.
Trump currently does not have any other visits to Pennsylvania planned, according to his campaign schedule.