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Ivanka Trump to kick off Florida effort to shore up support among women

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, visits with women GOP members of Congress at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C. In an effort to reach out to women voters, Trump met with the female politicians to promote her father's proposals on child care.

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, visits with women GOP members of Congress at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C. In an effort to reach out to women voters, Trump met with the female politicians to promote her father's proposals on child care.

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UPDATE: These events have been canceled due to Hurricane Matthew.

Donald Trump's campaign is making a push for the women vote in Florida this week beginning with an event in Doral on Wednesday featuring Ivanka Trump.

A bus tour with Trump's daughter in law Lara Trump and other women will follow, according to a campaign official.

The push comes as Trump has encountered fresh problems with women following his post-debate comments about Alicia Machado, the beauty pagent contestant he deemed fat.

A Qunnipiac poll released Monday showed Clinton leading in Florida by 5 percentage points. Trump leads 49 – 38 percent among men, while Clinton leads 53 – 33 percent among women.

Ivanka Trump will also headline a fundraiser in Miami on Wednesday.  After the Doral event, a group of other women will begin the bus tour that will stop first in Naples then Sarasota.

On Thursday, the bus arrives in Tampa for an Ybor City lunch. Friday morning there is an event in Orlando followed by a lunch for grassroots activists.

Joining the tour:

Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump and on the board of the Eric Trump Foundation; Katrina Pierson, a national spokeswoman for the campaign; Lynne Patton, a member of Trump's minority engagement team; Omarosa Manigault, senior advisor for African-American engagement; Diamond and Silk, sisters from North Carolina "standing with the silent majority."; and Katrina Campins, a real estate broker who was on the first season of The Apprentice.

The women will arrive in Miami on Tuesday for a debate watch party.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2:41pm]

    

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