NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Almost all of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are spending the weekend campaigning in Connecticut, rallying for voters ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday.
Historically, Connecticut has not been a major state on the map in regards to its impact on the general election. But this election year, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, along with Republicans Donald Trump and Governor John Kasich, all making it their mission to show Connecticut voters that they belong in the White House.
Governor Kasich campaigned in Fairfield last week and Glastonbury on Friday. Donald Trump held rallies in Waterbury and in Bridgeport on Saturday. Hillary Clinton held a forum on gun violence in Hartford on Thursday, spoke one-on-one with community leaders and politicians in New Haven on Saturday, and will be in Bridgeport and Stamford on Sunday. And Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns in New Haven on Sunday, holding a rally at the New Haven Green, starting at 7 p.m.. And Senator Ted Cruz: a no-show in Connecticut.
So why does Connecticut’s primary matter more in this election than it has in past years? What drives candidates to choose the cities they campaign in? And with delegates on the line, how will skipping out on Connecticut affect Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the polls?
News 8 political analyst and Quinnipiac political science professor Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean joined us Sunday on Good Morning Connecticut to answer some of the big questions leading up to Connecticut’s primary on Tuesday, April 26.
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