Trump holds rally in Nevada swing state during heatwave

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is holding an outdoor rally on Sunday in sweltering Las Vegas. He hopes to shore up his support in a state he has lost twice, but polls indicate will lean in his favor in the November 5 election.

This will be Trump’s very first rally of any size since a New York court found him guilty of falsifying documents in order to conceal a payment made to a pornstar on the eve before the 2016 presidential election. He is the first former President to have been convicted for a crime.

Trump addressed his supporters in Arizona on Thursday, another battleground State, about his plans to stop illegal immigration. He blamed the problems at the southern border, he said, on his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

According to a statement from his campaign, Biden will focus on immigration and criticize the inflation spike that followed the pandemic during Biden’s tenure.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will reach 97 degrees Fahrenheit at the time Trump takes to the stage, which is noon local, and climb to 102 by 3 pm.

The Trump campaign issued a press statement encouraging attendees to dress appropriately for the heat, stay hydrated and take advantage of the misting stations and water bottles available. Medical staff would also be on hand in the event of an emergency.

The campaign stated that the NWS excessive heat warning for Las Vegas, which is part of the heatwave ravaging the U.S. Southwest, was set to expire Saturday night prior to the event.

The measures were designed to avoid a repeat instance of heat exhaustion that occurred at Trump’s Arizona event on Thursday when a number of people had been standing in extreme heat for several hours. They had to be transported to hospital.

Nevada is likely to be one of six or seven states that will determine the outcome of the election. Fox News’ survey after the guilty verdict found that Trump was ahead of Biden by five percentage points in Nevada, a result roughly in line with polling averages compiled over time by FiveThirtyEight.

Rebecca Gill, professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is skeptical about polls accurately predicting where voters will be a few months from now, as many people aren’t paying attention to this race yet.

Gill said that she did not think Trump’s criminal conviction had fully sunk into voters’ minds and that it could discourage some moderate Republicans to support him. If it is on the ballot, the proposed amendment that would enshrine abortion access in the state constitution will likely increase Democratic turnout.

Gill stated, “I believe that Nevada is still 100% in play.”

Sunday’s rally follows a three-day fund-raising push by Trump, which included stops in San Francisco (where he raised millions from technology executives) and Beverly Hills.

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