Trump Jr. to Host Youngstown Event Monday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Donald Trump Jr. will host a “Make America Great Again” event at Blue Wolf Events at the Maronite Center Monday.

The noon event is one of three that the eldest of President Donald Trump’s five children will host in Ohio and Michigan Monday before moving on to events in Wisconsin and Iowa Tuesday.

Doors open Monday at 10:30 a.m. The Trump campaign has not disclosed how many people will be admitted to the Maronite Center. General admission tickets are available here.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, large public rallies that the presidential campaigns typically host have been limited this year. Democratic nominee Joe Biden met with reporters in Alliance a few weeks ago the day after the first presidential debate. Trump Jr. is the first member of the president’s family to campaign here.

The event will take place barely a week before Election Day Nov. 3 and after three weeks of early voting.

In 2016, Trump, a Republican, won traditionally Democratic Trumbull County with 50.7% of the vote, and narrowly lost similarly blue Mahoning County to Hillary Clinton, garnering 46.6% of the vote to Clinton’s 49.9%.

This morning, an average of tracking polls on the RealClearPolitics site shows Democratic nominee Joe Biden with an 8.1 percentage point lead nationwide over Trump. In Ohio, now unexpectedly one of the battleground states this election cycle, the site shows Trump with an average lead of just 0.6 percentage points.

As of yesterday, the U.S. Elections Project website showed 37.6% of registered voters in Mahoning County and 22.6% of voters in Trumbull County had requested absentee ballots.

So far, 67.8% of registered voters in Mahoning County and 56.6% in Trumbull County have returned ballots either by mailing or dropping off absentee ballots or by voting in person at their local boards of elections, according to the site.

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