PORTLAND, Maine — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will make a campaign stop Thursday in Portland, where he will hold a town hall style meeting at the Merrill Auditorium.
The event was originally scheduled to start at 10 a.m., but the campaign later pushed back the start time to 2 p.m. Doors to the 1,900-seat auditorium will open three hours earlier, according to the campaign’s website, where those interested in attending can register for tickets.
This will be Trump’s third campaign stop in Maine this election cycle and his first since formally accepting his party’s nomination for the presidency. Maine is among a number of states that typically vote Democratic in general elections that Trump is hoping to turn Republican in this cycle.
And while Portland is a left-leaning city, it shares a television market with the Lewiston-Auburn area, which is an important battleground in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. But the city’s liberal bent also makes protests likely, and a member of the youth activist group Kesho Wazo confirmed that his organization will run some kind of opposing event on Thursday.
City spokesperson Jessica Grondin told the Bangor Daily News on Thursday that the Trump campaign has not yet paid for the $1,583.81 worth of police overtime that it accrued during the March rally.