Trump to Hold Virginia Campaign Event, Hoping to Build on Debate Momentum and Youngkin's Support

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Trump to Hold Virginia Campaign Event, Hoping to Build on Debate Momentum and Youngkin's Support

Former President Trump to Hold Campaign Event in Virginia

Former President Donald Trump is planning to return to Virginia for a campaign event on June 28, the day after the first presidential debate. The event will be held in the Virginia Beach-Hampton Roads area, which is home to a significant military population and the U.S. Navy's fighter-attack jet fleet on the East Coast.

The Trump campaign hopes to build off momentum from the debate to carry the former president into the "next phase of the campaign." This will be Trump's second visit to Virginia this cycle. He campaigned in the state capital of Richmond in March, just before Super Tuesday.

The Trump campaign believes Virginia, which President Biden won by 10 points in 2020, is in play. No Republican running for president has won Virginia since 2004, when George W. Bush was reelected. However, Virginia now has a Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, who met with Trump last week and shared polling numbers showing Trump's competitiveness in the state.

The Democratic National Committee expressed doubt about any GOP optimism regarding Virginia, pointing to Trump's 2020 loss and Youngkin's unsuccessful attempt to flip the Virginia Senate in 2021.

Mr. Biden and his surrogates have also been active in Virginia in recent months, a sign that they, too, believe it isn't impossible for Trump to win there. Democrats, including Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, sent fundraising emails after Trump and Youngkin met. Mr. Biden visited McLean, a wealthy Northern Virginia suburb, for a fundraiser earlier this week.