Trump campaigns in Waukesha: 'We're going to win this state'
WAUKESHA, Wisc. (WLUK) - Donald Trump was back in Wisconsin Wednesday night, a week after a poll showed the presidential race remains tight in Wisconsin.
The Republican presidential nominee hosted a rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center with more than 1,200 people.
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Trump is trying to climb uphill and win Wisconsin, a state that hasn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984.
This was Trump's third Wisconsin stop in the past two months. Last month he was in Green Bay and near West Bend.
“On Nov. 8, we’re going to win this state," Trump said during Wednesday night's rally. "We’re going to win back the White House. We're going to make America great again, believe me."
Two days after a debate in which he responded to many of Hillary Clinton’s criticisms, Trump spent much of his speech laying into the Democratic nominee.
Trump talked about Clinton's emails as secretary of state and her foundation. He told the crowd to follow the money connected to Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton is a vessel for the special interests, trying to strip this country of its wealth, its jobs, and its status as a sovereign nation."
Democrats are focusing on Trump’s financial records. Before the Trump rally, a state lawmaker called again for Trump to release his tax returns.
“People should feel betrayed, people should feel like they’re being kept in the dark by a nominee for president from a major party, and that’s the Republican Party," said State Rep. Mandela Barnes, D-Milwaukee.
Trump has said he will release his tax returns after the IRS finishes auditing them. The IRS says no law prevents Trump from releasing them now.
Before Trump spoke in Waukesha, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson fired up the crowd.
"You know something, if we do our job, ladies and gentlemen, we are going to have a new direction in this country," said Thompson, who had been in the background of the presidential race until Wednesday's rally.
Last week’s Marquette Law School poll showed a statistical tie between Trump and Clinton among likely Wisconsin voters in a two-way race. Clinton had a 15-percentage-point lead in the middle of the month, but now it stands at just 2 points.
Clinton hasn’t been in Wisconsin since before April’s primary. Trump and Clinton both lost Wisconsin's primaries.