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President Donald Trump will hold a rally outside Raymond James Stadium on Thursday — just hours before former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to appear in Tampa as well.
The dueling campaign events just days before Election Day underscore how critical the Tampa Bay area is in deciding who wins Florida, the country’s largest swing state.
Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks at 1:30 p.m. in what will be his first official public campaign event in Tampa since the pandemic began. In July, he greeted a small crowd (by his standards) of supporters on the tarmac of Tampa International Airport before a fundraiser in Pinellas County.
Biden’s campaign has yet to release details of his visit to the region. He is also expected to travel to Broward County that day.
Both candidates have landed along Interstate 4 multiple times in recent months as they compete for votes into two of the state’s largest media markets: Tampa and Orlando. The I-4 corridor, as it is called, is home to about half of the voters in the state.
As of Wednesday morning, Democrats had out-voted Republicans in Hillsborough County by about 47,000.
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