Trump and Biden will both hold rallies in Tampa on Thursday

Trump will host a last-minute outdoor rally in the north parking lot of Raymond James stadium.

Trump and Biden will both hold rallies in Tampa on Thursday

With less than a week to go until Election Day, both presidential candidates will be in Tampa at the same time this Thursday. 

President Donald Trump’s campaign announced Wednesday that it will host a last-minute outdoor rally in the north parking lot of Raymond James stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. 

Trump’s rally will happen the same day as a previously planned campaign stop in Tampa for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The former Vice President's event will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. 

Since Florida is a key battleground state, and holds 29 of the 270 votes needed to win the presidency, both Biden and Trump have made Florida a top priority.

Trump was in the Panhandle and the The Villages late last week, and former president Barack Obama was recently in Orlando on behalf of Biden’s campaign. 

Biden was last in Tampa back in September for a round table with veteran groups. 

Meanwhile, former Democratic candidate for president Pete Buittigieg will campaign for Biden on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Florida has already witnessed near record-breaking voter turnout. As of now, 41% of registered voters have already cast their ballots, either by mail or at early-voting locations.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office (HCSOE) said that Trump's rally "is not affiliated with the Supervisor of Elections Office or the Supervisor of Elections' use of Raymond James Stadium as an Early Voting site."

The HCSOE added that per Florida Statute, electioneering is not allowed within 150 feet of an early voting cite.

"But the Supervisor of Elections Office cannot prohibit campaign activities outside this no solicitation zone.' The rally and campaigners will be outside of this zone," HCSOE added.

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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