Donald Trump is sending one of his most influential surrogates to shore up his support in Georgia.
With polls showing Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton by a razor-thin margin, Ivanka Trump will stump for her father in Marietta on Wednesday evening. She and her sister Tiffany Trump will attend a 4:20 p.m. event at the Cobb County GOP headquarters and a “roundtable of working women” at a nearby State Farm branch at 5:50 p.m.
A mother and an entrepreneur, Ivanka Trump has become her father’s unofficial liaison to women. And she has her work cut out in Georgia, where Democrats hope wavering women could help the state turn blue for the first time since 1992.
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll conducted last week gives Trump a 44-42 lead in the state thanks to a hefty advantage among men. But the New York businessman trails among women 48-37, and some voters say they’re still haunted by his claims of groping women and the string of sexual assault accusations that he’s denied.
Clinton, meanwhile, trails the Republican by a 50-35 margin among men. Some 64 percent of women have an unfavorable view of Trump, while 66 percent of men have a negative perception of Clinton.
Ivanka Trump has been deployed by the campaign to try to pitch voters on her father’s commitment to gender equality. And ever since her speech at the Republican National Convention, she has also tried to promote his policies that have her stamp of approval, including a child-care policy the campaign says she influenced.
But she could also face a backlash from her prominent role in the campaign. Her father’s critics have launched a #GrabYourWallets campaign to urge shoppers to boycott her clothing line in response to the nominee’s talk of groping women.
Ivanka Trump is the latest in a string of high-profile Republicans who have come to Georgia to provide backup for the GOP nominee. Donald Trump Jr. hosted a pair of fundraisers in Georgia for his dad this month, and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence made a two-day unity trek through the state in August.
Clinton’s camp has sent several heavy hitters to Georgia, too, in recent weeks to raise cash for her presidential bid. But while Clinton has ratcheted up her efforts in reliably conservative Arizona and poured money into other GOP-leaning states with close Senate races, her red-state push has largely bypassed Georgia.