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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at rally at Crosby High School in Waterbury on Saturday.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Crosby High School in Waterbury in April. Kyle Constable /

Washington —  GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump plans to hold a rally at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on Saturday evening, veering from appearances in key swing states like Florida and Pennsylvania to try to bolster his support in a “true blue” state.

The Trump campaign officially announced the visit early Thursday afternoon. In recent history Connecticut has leaned reliably Democratic in presidential elections. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has said he believes Connecticut is “in play” this year.

Speculation that Trump would visit Connecticut before the announcement was made drew a sharp attack from Connecticut Democrats Wednesday.

“Donald Trump stands for everything we in Connecticut stand against. From inciting violence against his political opponent, to insulting a Gold Star family, to mocking a reporter with a physical disability, Trump has shown time and time again that he is temperamentally unfit and lacks the judgment to serve as commander-in-chief,” the Connecticut Democratic Party said in a statement.

Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton will visit Connecticut to attend a fundraiser in Greenwich on Aug. 15. The Clinton campaign has not announced any public appearances for the candidate.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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