GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a rally in Green Bay on Monday, Oct. 17.
Trump will appear at the KI Convention Center, 333 Main St., for a 4 p.m. event. Doors open at 1 p.m. The candidate is also expected to make a stop in West Allis.
Trump’s visit to Titletown comes as the GOP nominee makes a big play for the Badger State. He could stand to gain voters in Green Bay, which is the most politically polarized city in America, according to a Crowdpac survey.
We know he will not be joined by either Gov. Scott Walker or House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican. Walker has a previously-scheduled GOP event in New Jersey and Ryan plans to go to Texas to help Republican House candidates there.
Scott Bauer of the Associated Press says Sen. Ron Johnson won’t attend either campaign stop, citing “prior engagements.”
This is Trump’s seventh visit to Wisconsin since launching his presidential campaign. Trump is spending money on advertising here in effort to win back voters who shifted to Democrat Hillary Clinton following the release of a video showing Trump making lewd comments about women.
A Marquette University Law School Poll conducted during the release of the Trump tape broke down the before and after results. On the day before the release of the tape, Trump was leading Clinton in Wisconsin. In subsequent days, his support diminished, leaving Clinton with a 7-point lead in Wisconsin.
Hillary Clinton has not visited Wisconsin since the primary election. Instead, she’s sent daughter Chelsea, husband Bill Clinton, former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to encourage early voting.
Neither candidate is very popular in Wisconsin. In the Marquette Poll, only 29 percent of likely voters say “honest” is a word to describe Clinton and 33 percent of likely voters say “honest” is a word to describe Trump.
The candidates have been besieged by scandals. Wikileaks continues to release emails showing a less-than-sunny side of the inner workings of Clinton campaign staff.
The Trump campaign is calling on Clinton to apologize for emails critical of Catholics. According to an Associated Press report, a 2011 exchange between now Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri and John Halpin of the Center for American Progress shows Halpin described the positions of Catholic conservatives as “an amazing bastardization of the faith.”
“They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy,” Halpin wrote.
Trump, meanwhile, is fighting back against allegations from women that he touched them inappropriately. The women went public in a story printed by the New York Times. On the campaign trail Thursday, Trump said the claims were “pure fiction” and “outright lies.”
Trump was expected to appear with Ryan, Walker, and Johnson at a Republican gathering in Elkhorn last weekend, but Ryan uninvited his party’s nominee following the release of the controversial tape.
Copyright 2016 WBAY. The Associated Press contributed to this report.