Two weeks after Republicans complained Donald Trump was wasting his time by holding a campaign rally in traditionally blue Connecticut, the GOP presidential nominee is on track to give them a serious case of deja vu.
Trump plans to pay a visit to voters in Everett, Wash. on Tuesday evening, bringing him to another state that hasn't voted for a Republican presidential since the mid-1980s.
Asked during a radio interview on Monday if he considered hosting a rally in a reliably Democratic state to be a politically savvy maneuver, Trump told Seattle's Dori Monson, "who knows if it's the right thing or the wrong thing."
"We've got very good numbers from other states where we're sort of in the same position," he added, declining to identify which states he was referring to. "I guess I'm a little bit [of a] different kind of candidate, frankly."
Trump's campaign declined to confirm whether he attended a fundraiser in Connecticut before or after his rally on Aug. 13, but a source close to the billionaire later noted that Fairfield County, Conn., where the rally was held, was considered a notably affluent area in the Nutmeg State.
The candidate does plan to attend a fundraiser in Seattle on Tuesday night, Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest told the Washington Examiner. Tickets to the fundraiser were reportedly advertised at $2,700 per person, and up to $100,000 for individuals interested in co-hosting the event.
Still, Trump and members of his campaign seemed hopeful that the candidate could have an impressive showing in Washington on Election Day.
"We believe there is a silent majority that won't participate in these polls," state Sen. Don Benton, the director of Trump's Washington campaign operation, told the Seattle Times, referring to a recent survey that showed Hillary Clinton leading her Republican opponent 43 to 24 percent among likely voters in Washington, which hasn't voted for a GOP presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan's landslide re-election victory in 1984.
Trump told Monson he's received "tremendous support" in Washington, where he carried 75 percent of the vote in the state's late May GOP primary.
"I said I would do it and I hear they're going to have a very big turnout," he said of deciding to hold a public campaign event after his Seattle fundraiser.