LEWISTON — Guns and hot dogs are on Donald Trump Jr.’s agenda as the Republican presidential candidate’s eldest son makes a campaign swing through the area Tuesday.

Hoping to boost his father’s fading chances, Trump plans to pitch the GOP White House hopeful at stops in Gray and Auburn before capping his trip with lunch at a Lewiston eatery.

Donald Trump Jr., a 38-year-old top executive in Trump’s real estate company, aims to bolster his father’s odds of picking up one of Maine’s four Electoral College votes.

Polls show that Maine is solidly behind Democrat Hillary Clinton, but its 2nd Congressional District is split almost evenly. Because Maine awards one of its four electoral votes to the winner of the district, Trump hopes to snag it on Nov. 8.

Election forecasters, including the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato and RealClearPolitics, are rating the district as a toss-up. It had been seen as likely Trump territory.

A poll released last week by the Maine People’s Resource Center put Clinton ahead by 1 point in the district, well within the margin of error.

Trump Jr. is scheduled to arrive at Howell’s Indoor Range and Gun Shop, 81 West Gray Road in Gray, at 9:45 a.m.

An hour later he is supposed to arrive at the Republican headquarters at 120 Center St. in Auburn.

At 11:30 a.m., he will make an appearance at Simones’ Hot Dog Stand, 99 Chestnut St. in Lewiston.

The public is welcome to all three events to hear from Trump, who has been on the campaign trail for his father from the start last year.

Donald’s brother Eric and his wife came to town recently for campaign stops in Turner and Auburn. The candidate himself has held four rallies in Maine during the campaign, though none in the Lewiston-Auburn area.


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