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Donald Trump to Head to Orlando for Victory Rally

December 11, 2016 - 9:00pm

President Elect Donald Trump will be headed to Orlando later this week for a rally to thank voters for making him the 45th President of the United States.

The rally, which will be held Friday at the Orlando Amphitheater, is part of Trump’s “USA Thank You Tour 2016.”

The businessman-turned-President Elect frequently visited Florida while campaigning for president, but Friday’s stop will be Trump’s first time back in Florida since winning the presidential election in a historic upset over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton last month. 

Vice president-elect Mike Pence will also be in attendance at the rally. The two typically appeared separately on the campaign trail. 

Florida helped to carry Trump to victory last month when he clinched a win in his home state, which carries 29 electoral votes. 

The Sunshine State was crucial for Trump’s victory since it is the swing state with the highest number of electoral votes. Had Trump lost Florida and another swing state like Ohio, Clinton would have come out with a win on Election Day.

Democrats went into the election confident they would keep Florida blue for yet another election cycle since President Barack Obama had won the state in 2008 and in 2012. 

Trump took 49 percent of the vote in Florida, while Clinton took 47 percent, turning the Sunshine State red for the first time since 2004. 

The Republican President-Elect will also be making stops in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Alabama next week. So far, the Orlando stop is the only time Trump is scheduled to be in Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott will make an appearance at the rally on Friday. The governor chaired a pro-Trump super PAC which dumped millions of dollars into television ads during the election.

Unlike Trump’s presidential campaign rallies, Friday’s gathering aims to appeal more to voters who came out and supported him during the election. Trump’s rallies are usually loud and spirited, akin to rock concerts, drawing thousands of people each time he appears. 

Trump has used the rallies in place of more traditional press conferences, choosing to make announcements about his constantly-developing Cabinet and staff positions in front of the crowds. At an earlier victory rally in Ohio, Trump teased the announcement of retired Gen. James Mattis as his Secretary of Defense.

The latest rumors surrounding Trump’s Cabinet say Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson will become the President-Elect’s Secretary of State. 

The rally is free to attend but tickets are limited and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. 

Trump will be sworn into office in January.


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What are the actual voting numbers in Florida now that ballots are almost all counted - clearly they are different than on election night as are the rest of the nation

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