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Donald Trump pumps up crowd of 10,000-plus at USF Sun Dome rally



From the Tampa Bay Times' Steve Contorno and Sara DiNatale:

TAMPA -- Donald Trump may have Carolina on his mind, but on Friday night the Republican frontrunner rallied the troops in Tampa with an eye toward a long race to the nomination.

Coming off his first win Tuesday in New Hampshire, Trump delivered an hour-long stump speech of his greatest hits from the campaign trail to a standing-room only crowd at the 10,000-capacity University of South Florida Sun Dome. Together, the assembly chanted to Trump's campaign theme: "Build the wall!" They mocked Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's email scandal, cheered for the troops and Trump's poll numbers and chided the media and a handful of protesters.

The raucous crowd, many who waited hours to get in, loudly egged him on.

"Something's happening," Trump said moments after walking in to Van Halen's "Right Now." "This is a movement. This is not just a normal situation."

Trump saved his sharpest digs for Republican contender Jeb Bush, mocking the former Florida governor on his own turf as "asleep at the wheel," "a gutless guy," and "a total stiff."

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[Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 11:03pm]


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