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Trump campaigning today in Ocala, Lakeland



Fresh off a weekend of controversy and a Tuesday spent feuding with Republican leaders, Donald Trump today heads deep into what could be crucial, GOP-friendly territory for two Central Florida rallies.

At noon, the Trump campaign is scheduled to speak in Ocala at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Then, he’ll go south to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

In 2012, both Marion and Polk counties voted for Mitt Romney, and Republicans in both overwhelmingly preferred Trump to other candidates in this year’s presidential preference primary. Central Florida and the I-4 corridor will be important terrain for Trump to win America’s largest swing state, where most recent polls show Clinton leading.

This is the second of three days Trump will spend this week in the state. He began Tuesday night in Panama City and continues to West Palm Beach on Thursday.

The tour comes after several prominent Republicans condemned their presidential nominee over lewd comments in a video leaked Friday night. In the 2005 clip, Trump talks about groping women.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:57am]


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