Fresh off his victory in New York’s GOP primary, billionaire businessman Donald Trump turned his sights to other primaries, including the June 7 contest in California. And for him to succeed in the Golden State, with its trove of delegates, Trump may well need to win over voters in places like Fresno.
So postulates Joel B. Pollak in a column published Wednesday on the Breitbart news site.
Pollak says Trump will have to win the majority of delegates in coming contests to clinch the Republican nomination. In California, that means capturing at least 130 of the 172 available delegates, according to an Associated Press analysis.
To do that, Pollak said, Trump will have to win some areas leaning heavily toward Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump’s top opponent. “That almost certainly means Trump has to win at least one or two districts in Cruz strongholds in the Central Valley of California, with large numbers of Latino and evangelical voters,” Pollak says.
Trump could hold a rally in Fresno and also could tour the drought-stricken central San Joaquin Valley to talk about failed federal water policies, Pollak notes.
“In other words, there is an opportunity in the Central Valley for Trump to flesh out a political philosophy, as well as to find votes,” said Pollak, a senior editor at large with Breitbart News. “The road to nomination in Cleveland – and to Washington – may lie through Fresno.”
The state’s GOP convention will be held April 29-May 1 in Burlingame, and Trump is the keynote speaker at the luncheon April 29. Following him at the dinner that night will be Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the third candidate seeking the GOP nomination. Cruz is to address the Republicans during the luncheon the next day.