Donald Trump is venturing tonight where few GOP presidential candidates have gone before: to the heart of Bernie Sanders country — and strategists are calling it a smart move for the Republican front-runner.
“It’s low-hanging fruit,” GOP pundit Ford O’Connell said. “He doesn’t need a lot of support … if he gets his people out there, he wins Vermont. That’s delegates.”
But the Trump campaign may also be following a pragmatic plan to sweep up Republican delegates, even those from a small state — gambling they could be crucial in a drawn-out primary season. Vermont will send 16 delegates to the Republican convention.
“I have a feeling there are a lot of white, working-class voters who are hacked off that Democrats run everything in Vermont,” said O’Connell, noting Trump’s visit could be remembered on Super Tuesday. “You come here and see them, and they feel better.”