President Donald Trump will be returning to the Lehigh Valley for the second time this year to deliver a speech during a rally at a Lehigh County business on Monday, just eight days before the election.
His campaign announced the Make America Great Again Victory Rally on Saturday night. The announcement says Trump will deliver remarks at the event, which will also feature other Republican candidates. There was no immediate word on which candidates will be participating and it was not clear if the event would be open to the public.
It’s scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at HoverTech International, 4482 Innovation Way in Hanover Township. The business, per its website, is “the premier safe patient handling and movement company in the world’s acute care market.” It was founded in 1997. It’s located off Airport Road, just north of Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Trump last visited the Lehigh Valley in May, delivering a speech at an Upper Macungie Township medical distribution center to the backdrop of increasing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the country. At the time, the Lehigh Valley was still under shutdown orders that were part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus, which causes COVID-19.
Pennsylvania is considered a crucial swing state in the upcoming election and both Trump and Joe Biden are targeting the Keystone State in the final days of the race. Biden was in Bucks County earlier Saturday. The Democrat has not made any public appearances in the Lehigh Valley since starting his presidential campaign.
A lehighvalleylive.com/F&M College poll released this week showed Biden ahead of Trump by 7 points in the 7th Congressional District, which is largely comprised of the Lehigh Valley. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 5.8.
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