Valley Republicans gathered for a watch party Tuesday evening in Fresno as President Trump officially announced he is running for a second term.
Over 100 supporters packed into the High Sierra Grill in Fresno to watch the President’s rally in Orlando. They look forward to another four years under President Trump.
“This man has done so much for this country,” supporter Carol Cusumano said. “For us as American citizens, for religious freedom, for jobs, we need more of it!”
“The economy is strong, unemployment is low, the stock market’s been solid, and those are all things that I think are going to help him get re-elected,” supporter James Hoak said.
The Fresno County Republican Party hosted the watch party. The party is busy preparing for the primary.
“We’re organizing volunteers to work on the election, to get out the vote, we have to work with new election laws,” Fresno County Republican Party Vice Chairman Mark Johnson said. “We are excited about this candidate, the current President, the job he’s done and the next four years.”
The thought of a second term prompted a much different reaction from Democrats.
“Just drives shivers up my spine!” Fresno County Democratic Party Chairman Michael Evans said.
The Democratic Party is also recruiting volunteers to get out the vote against President Trump.
“He seems to have 30, 35% of the population that supports him whatever he says or does. That’s very much a concern, but I don’t think that’s enough to get him re-elected,” Evans said.
Leaders from both parties say California will play a more significant role in the 2020 election, since the primary has been moved up to March. Evans expects more Democratic candidates to make stops in the Valley, saying there is a strong possibility Senator Elizabeth Warren will come through later this summer.