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November 25, 2015

Trump to headline Pennsylvania GOP luncheon

Donald Trump will headline the Pennsylvania Republican Party's annual Commonwealth Club luncheon next month, bringing his presidential campaign to the Keystone State.

Trump, the leading candidate seeking the Republican presidential nomination, has drawn attention for bluntly sharing his views on immigration, Muslims and other issues. He most recently drew criticism for alleging thousands of people in Jersey City cheered as the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

"Donald Trump is a successful and dynamic businessman and we are excited to hear about his vision for the future of our country," Chairman Rob Gleason said in a statement. "The importance of Pennsylvania to the presidential campaign is clear and Donald Trump addressing Pennsylvania Republicans puts us in the middle of the national stage."

The luncheon is slated for Dec. 11 and is closed to the press, per tradition. Its location was not announced.

The Pennsylvania GOP released a bio that hailed Trump as "one of the most accomplished businessmen of his generation." It noted his worldwide real estate brand, best-selling books and Emmy-nominated reality television series "The Apprentice."

Trump has topped most polls since the summer. The most recent Quinnipiac University poll, released Tuesday, has Trump with 25 percent among those polled in Iowa. He led a surging Ted Cruz by two percentage points. Ben Carson was seven points behind.