Trump Jr. campaigns in Maine

Donald Trump Jr., campaigning for his father in his upstart run for the presidency, made a stop in Gray, Maine, outside of Portland on Tuesday to discuss Second Amendment rights with 175 potential voters, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Trump Jr. stated that, should his father take the White House, each citizens’ right to bear arms will remain protected. He discussed his love for hunting and fishing and Maine’s close affiliation with the outdoors, stressing that preserving America’s traditions such as gun culture are vital in a changing society.

The Second Amendment is an important issue in the state this election cycle, as Question 3, a proposal for universal background checks on all gun sales, is on the ballot November 8.

Currently, Maine has no state laws requiring background checks and only follows federal laws regarding the sale of firearms. Question 3 would make common firearm transfers illegal unless conducted through a federally licensed firearm dealer. Currently, eight states require universal background checks.

Supporters of this initiative stress that background checks are safe and actually work,  while those who do not support this initiative, such as the National Rifle Association, stress that criminals will still find a loophole in the system, and that the initiative will not solve anything.

Trump Jr. only spoke broadly on the subject of gun rights, stating simply that he wants to protect them for all citizens.

It was the Trump campaign’s sixth stop in the state. Trump himself has visited both Portland  and Bangor twice since announcing his run for presidency, yet, still, according to Trump Jr., faces an uphill battle.

Trump and his supporters have stated repeatedly that he’s fighting against the GOP establishment and the mainstream media along with Hillary Clinton. In the most recent Presidential debate, he even suggested that he would not concede defeat if Clinton wins.

The most popular candidate in the state remains Hillary Clinton, who has an 84.8% chance to win the state, according to the statistics website FiveThirtyEight. Even in District 2, where Donald Trump formerly led, the numbers are nearly dead even with a slight advantage to Clinton.

The State of Maine has added 18,873 registered voters since November 15, according to The Portland Press Herald. Waterville has added 555 of those voters, 406 of which identify as Democrats. Neighboring towns of Oakland, Fairfield, and Skowhegan, however, have added heavier support on the Republican side.

The Libertarian party, an unavailable party to register for in 2015, has already added 5,388 voters statewide. Still, FiveThirtyEight projects that third party candidate Gary Johnson will receive just 7.3 percent of the popular vote, according to the website on Tuesday afternoon.

In terms of local politics, other notable ballot initiatives include Question 1, the legalization of marijuana. Recently, the Portland Cannabis Convention showcased the power of medical marijuana. More than 80 vendors showed up in an attempt to show the diversity of the industry.

Question 4  hopes to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, and Question 2 wants to establish a three percent tax on household incomes of over $200,000 dollars a year.

Overall, an increase in registered voters in Maine is a welcome sign of growing democratic diversity. According to The Pew Research Center, this year’s electorate in the United States will be the most diverse in the country’s history.

The State of Maine has a number of influential ballot measures this election cycle. And, due to the a recent campaign stop by Donald Trump Jr., it has a real influence on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

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