Fresno political leaders sound off ahead of Trump appearence

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Donald Trump supporters and opponents may have more motivation to see him in Fresno Friday. (KFSN)

Donald Trump supporters and opponents may have more motivation to see him in Fresno Friday.

He has now secured enough delegates to be the Republican Party's presidential candidate.

A new count put him with 1,238 -- one more than is needed for the nomination.

And the man organizing Trump's visit to Fresno is optimistic about the event.

"I think the community is very excited about what Mr. Trump is going to have to say and we are expecting a very good crowd and a very fun event tomorrow," Tim Clark with the Donald Trump campaign said.

Democrats are also expecting a good crowd.

"We are certainly going to have protesters out in force, both Hillary supporters and Bernie supporters," Michael Evans with the Fresno County Democratic Party said. "They will all be peaceful but his rallies have tended to be violent elsewhere in the country. It would not surprise me if some of his supporters are in that vein here."

Local Republican party leaders say the party is behind Trump, but party spokesman Paul Deffebach says the fact that other elected Republicans won't be standing with him doesn't mean he won't have their support.

"He's kind of the anti-politician, politician and having other politicians at your side kind of dilutes the anti-establishment stance he has there," Deffebach explained. "It's completely up to Republican office holders to recognize the voters have spoken and they want non-politicians involved."

Clark believes the candidates stop in Fresno and other parts of the state are paving the way for winning California in the November election.

"Our job is to continue to provide a comfortable margin for him, which we intend to do," he said. "We are working very hard for the June primary and after that we will begin to focus on winning the state in November."

While it's a tossup as to whether Democrats Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will win California in the primary, Evans believes with an overwhelming lead in Democratic voter registration, Trump will lose badly to either Democrat in November.

"He clearly doesn't have a chance of winning California," he said.

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