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Donald Trump to make Connecticut campaign stop

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Donald Trump visited Connecticut ahead of the state's primary in April. (WFSB file photo) Donald Trump visited Connecticut ahead of the state's primary in April. (WFSB file photo)
FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

The Republican party's nominee for president is planning to make a campaign stop in Connecticut this weekend.

Donald Trump will be in the state for an event in Fairfield.

According to his website, it's happening at the William H. Pitt Center on the campus of Sacred Heart University. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Connecticut's Democratic party chairman wasted no time in releasing a statement on Trump's potential visit.

"Donald Trump stands for everything we in Connecticut stand against," said Nick Balletto, CT Democratic party chairman. "From inciting violence against his political opponent, to insulting a Gold Star family, to mocking a reporter with a physical disability, Trump has shown time and time again that he is temperamentally unfit and lacks the judgment to serve as commander-in-chief."

Balletto cited officials with Republican ties, like former Rep. Chris Shays, announcing their support for Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"So did you ever think you would be sitting her on national television saying you would be voting for a democrat? And I'm going to vote for Hillary," Shays said. "I didn't imagine that, but frankly it has become an easy decision. Trump lost me months ago."

J R Romano, who is the chairman of the state Republican Party, said Trump's return to Connecticut shows Clinton is vulnerable in this state. 

"Democrats and Democratic policies are failing families here and you are seeing the willingness of democrats and unaffiliates to support Trump," Romano said. "You see it in the polls and that's why he's coming back."

Balletto said Democrats planned to hold a news conference about Trump's visit on Friday.

"Connecticut Democrats are ready to put forward a robust grassroots organization to make sure Donald Trump and the Republicans supporting his agenda are soundly defeated on Nov. 8," he said.

Both Trump and Clinton have made several campaign stops in Connecticut, but as things get closer to the finish line, Trump still has some big states to win over such as Georgia, Arizona and South Carolina.

However, there could there be a shift. A Quinnipiac University poll in June found Clinton only leading Trump by 7 points.

However, the Democrats said Trump is wasting his time in Connecticut. 

"Trump and the Connecticut Republicans who think they can win Connecticut are living in fastasyland," Leigh Appleby with the Connecticut Democratic Party said. "Not only is he going to lose Connecticut handily, but he'll do tremendous damage to Republicans up and down the ticket who are supporting his candidacy."

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