Donald Trump, coming off big primary victories in five states on Tuesday, will touch off his California campaign with a rally in Orange County on Thursday.
The rally, announced on Wednesday, will mark the Republican frontrunner’s first public appearance in California since it became clear last month that the state’s late-arriving primary would likely prove critical to the nomination.
Trump will appear at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The county is a stronghold for Trump in a state where Ted Cruz and John Kasich are preparing for a scramble to deny the New York businessman crucial delegates.
All three candidates are scheduled to speak at the California Republican Party’s state convention in Burlingame, outside of San Francisco, this weekend.