THE VILLAGES, Fla. — President Donald Trump heads back to Central Florida for a Make America Great Again rally in The Villages on Friday with just 11 days to Election Day.
What You Need To Know
- The doors open at 1:30 p.m. at The Villages Polo Club
- President Trump set to speak at 4:30 p.m.
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It is the latest push as the president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign work on getting support in the battleground state that is considered the most important to win in the country.
Trump is set to speak at The Villages Polo Club, at 703 North Buena Vista Blvd. at 4:30 p.m. The doors to the event open at 1:30 p.m.
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The president will be flanked alongside local Republican candidates.
After the rally in The Villages, Trump will head to a 7 p.m. rally in Pensacola.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is a Democrat, will also be making appearances in the Pensacola area, joined by two fellow Democrats, as they take aim at the president's reported words of disparaging service members and their families, which he has denied.
This is Trump’s third rally in Central Florida in less than two weeks. The president has campaigned in The Villages before, which is a major Republican community.
Last week, the president held a rally in Ocala.
The Sumter County Democratic Party stated it is seeing a lot of support for Biden and his vice presidential pick U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.
"There are more Democrats here than people realize, and as of the end of the day yesterday, we were well over 50%," said Catherine Hardy, the Sumter County Democratic Party chairwoman. "I think it was 54, 55% of our voters have already voted, and that's well ahead of the Republicans."
However, Trump supporters have had their cars lined up for The Villages rally starting at just before 6 a.m. Friday.
Saundra Kiczenski and Regina are friends from the Midwest and met going to Trump rallies.
This is Kiczenski's 49th rally across 20 states. She is hoping to hear Trump's take on Thursday night's debate against Biden.
"I think this one was much better," she said. "You could actually hear the views from both candidates, before it was kind of talking over top of each other."
Florida is a must win for Trump, as there is virtually no route back to the White house without the state's 29 electoral votes.
Yet, it is a little different story for Biden, who has other avenues toward an electoral victory, though Florida is still seen as a big get for Democrats too.
Vice President Mike Pence will also be in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Friday, campaigning for the Republican ticket.
But there are surrogates who are campaigning for Trump and Biden. Donald Trump Jr. will be making stops in Georgia on Friday.
Former President Obama will be in Miami on Saturday for Biden, following a big rally in Philadelphia, gathering Democratic support