WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is taking his tough-on-trade message to a mostly rural area in Maine where his message of economic populism could earn him one vote in the Electoral College.
Trump is blasting existing free trade deals and reiterating his pledge to label China a currency manipulator. His message on trade marks a stark departure from typical Republican orthodoxy. He is hitting back against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a typical Republican ally, for criticizing his trade policies.
Maine hasn’t voted for a Republican president since 1988 and carries just four electoral votes. But like only one other state, it awards one electoral vote for the winner of each of its two congressional districts. Northern Maine has seen job losses in manufacturing, creating potentially friendly territory for Trump.