Trump to announce his re-election campaign at Orlando rally

Trump won Florida in 2016, and it is among the states political analysts say he must retain to secure a second term

President Donald Trump concludes a rally at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Pa., on May 20, 2019. There will be a Trump re-election announcement at a rally on June 18 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
President Donald Trump concludes a rally at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Pa., on May 20, 2019. There will be a Trump re-election announcement at a rally on June 18 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Posted May 31, 2019 at 4:55pm

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he will announce his re-election campaign on June 18 at a rally in Orlando, Florida.

The often crowd size-obsessed president noted the Amway Arena, site of the event, holds 20,000 people. Trump won Florida in 2016, and it is among the states political analysts say he must retain to secure a second term.

Multiple polls show the president trailing the leading Democratic candidates in hypothetical head-to-head polls. That list includes former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

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So far, Trump has almost exclusively held his 2020 campaign rallies in the handful of battleground states he won last time: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and the Sunshine State.

The one exception was a Texas rally, which aides acknowledged was partially scheduled in El Paso to blunt the presidential campaign kickoff of former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

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