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Large crowds expected today for Trump's Central Florida visits

A crowd gathers to hear Donald Trump speak at rally at Southeast Livestock Pavillion in Ocala, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.
A crowd gathers to hear Donald Trump speak at rally at Southeast Livestock Pavillion in Ocala, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Bay News 9

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak in Central Florida twice today.

Trump will hold a rally in Ocala at noon before heading to Lakeland later in the day.

Although Trump has been able to draw large crowds at these events — he drew a huge crowd in Panama City on Tuesday night — he is fighting a decline in poll numbers after the release last week of audio of a lewd conversation about women between him and Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.

With the second presidential debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton behind him, Trump now has less than a month to turn things around.

In Ocala, there was little sign that supporters were turning away. The line at Rowan Agricultural Complex in Ocala started forming before 6 a.m.

"I'm supporting him all the way. I'm so excited, I can't stand it. I got out here about 6:15. I wanted to spend the night, but my husband wouldn't let me," Nora Keuhn said.

The rally in Ocala will held at the Southeast Livestock Pavillion on Northeast Jacksonville Road.

At 3 p.m., Trump will head to Lakeland, where he'll speak at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

A crowd of about 7,000 is expected to attend that rally. No seating will be available there, since it will be held at a tarmac at the airport. Doors will open at noon. Attendees can park at the Airfield Court E lot on Don Emerson Drive.

Lakeland Police said after the rally reaches full capacity, the lots will be closed. Additional traffic will be turned away.

Trump's Florida visits this week are part of a three-city swing through the state.

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