Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, enjoying a healthy lead in national polls against Republican rival Donald Trump, is scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon in Reno, Nevada, where she plans on attacking the billionaire for what the campaign is labeling as a “disturbing ‘alt-right’” brand of politics.
Clinton, whose campaign has focused heavily on diversity, has repeatedly criticized Trump for “divisive and dystopian” views of America. In Thursday’s speech she is expected to try to contrast her views with his, calling his temperament dangerous and reaffirming that the United States “is stronger together,” a press release announcing the event said.
The Reno event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. EDT. A live stream of the speech can be watched by clicking here.
Clinton holds a relatively small lead in Nevada, according to averages of polls conducted by Real Clear Politics. The state’s Senate election could be decisive in determining which party holds a majority in the Senate in 2017. Clinton currently averages 43.3 percent of the vote there compared to Trump’s 41 percent, giving her a slight edge over the billionaire. She trails Trump in none of the past four polls used in the average.
Election forecaster FiveThirtyEight also projects a Clinton win in the state with an expected margin of victory of 5.8 percent. The state is unlikely to ultimately decide the presidential race overall, however, and the website gives it just a 2.9 percent chance of tipping the election.
But, a strong showing for the presidential election can often help down-ballot candidates. A Clinton win in the state could play an important part in determining whether a Democrat wins the open Senate seat there, which could help the party take the Senate back.
Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Joe Heck, is leading Catherine Cortez Masto, the Democrat looking to replace retiring Senate Minority Harry Reid, who is also a Democrat. Heck leads by a sliver in RCP averages, up 0.2 points. There is a limited amount of polling available in the state — just five have been conducted — and results have varied widely (in one poll, Heck was up nine points while the rest of the results were much closer).