ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 40 hours before President Donald Trump will announce his re-election bid in Orlando, supporters started lining up outside the Amway Center.
Eight Trump supporters started camping out Monday morning, with the first one showing up at 2:30 a.m. The rally is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Gary Beck, a Trump supporter from Panama City, was the first in line.
«There’s going to be a bunch of people, and it’s going to be pretty intense,» Beck said. «The electricity is going to be high. It’s time for America to get back on its feet and be made better than it’s ever been before.»
Trump tweeted Monday that the rally «looks to be setting records,» with more than 100,000 ticket requests. The Amway Center seats 20,000.
«We are building large movie screens outside to take care of everybody,» Trump tweeted.
The visit marks Trump’s first campaign event in Orlando since he ended his 2016 presidential campaign with a «Thank You Tour» stop at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.
Trump’s last visit to the Orlando area was in October 2018 when he spoke at the International Association of Chiefs of Police at the Orange County Convention Center.
Trump supporters have already started lining up to secure their spot inside the Amway Center. @realDonaldTrump will be announcing his re-election campaign in Orlando Tuesday night at 8 p.m. https://t.co/Mj7WQ2VoWI pic.twitter.com/wyyMyzYHPm
— Mark Lehman (@MarkLehman6) 17 июня 2019 г.
Trump’s early strength in Florida on the night of the 2016 election was the first sign he was about to score an upset victory. In an otherwise bleak 2018 for Republicans, the state was again a bright spot.
But as another campaign heats up, Democrats aren’t ceding the Sunshine State.
Democratic candidates have already visited to tap donors and connect with voters and will descend on Miami later this month for their first debates.
And Trump will return on Tuesday for his latest re-election announcement at a rally in Orlando.
The attention is recognition that, despite its expensive media markets and hyper-polarized politics, neither party can ignore Florida.
For Trump, there are few ways for him to remain in the White House without keeping Florida’s 29 electoral votes.
What to know about Trump’s visit
Ticket requests for the event have quadrupled the capability of the Amway Center, which holds 20,000 people. The president said in a tweet last week the event will be “the hottest of them all,” with 74,000 ticket requests already made for the event. He upped that number to 100,000 in a tweet Monday morning.
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This will be Trump’s first campaign event in Orlando since he ended his 2016 presidential campaign with a «Thank You Tour» stop at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the rally.
A ticket does not guarantee entry
Anyone interested in attending the rally can click here to register for tickets, however, a ticket does not guarantee entry to the event, according to Trump 2020 campaign National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
The GEICO parking garage may not be available due to the needs of the president’s campaign and U.S. Secret Service.
Parking in city-owned garages will only be available for purchase on site on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the Amway Center.
View a map of the parking options here.
SunRail will operate its normal service schedule until 10 p.m. Tuesday. After 10 p.m., SunRail will operate three northbound and three southbound trains departing from the Church Street Station.
Here is the extended nighttime schedule for June 18:
Northbound Church Street Station Platform (north of South Street):
Station stops at LYNX Central, AdventHealth, Winter Park, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary, Sanford, DeBary
Southbound Church Street Station Platform (south of South Street):
Station stops at Orlando Health/Amtrak, Sand Lake Road, Meadow Woods, Tupperware, Kissimmee/Amtrak, Poinciana
Roads around Amway Center in downtown Orlando will be impacted by Trump’s visit. The following roads immediately around the event center will be closed:
View the road closure map here.
The U.S. Secret Service may close additional roads, including parts of I-4, if necessary.