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Eugene gets ready for Trump rally, protest

EUGENE, Ore. — Several thousand people are expected to gather today in Eugene as Donald Trump makes a campaign stop in Oregon.

A 7 p.m. rally is planned at the Lane Convention Center in support of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who has been known for drawing large crowds but garnering controversy as well.

KGW.com will stream the rally live on the website and on the KGW News app.

The rally is open to the public, but tickets are required for entry.

Plan to arrive early for security screening. No weapons, including knives or firearms, will be permitted in the fairgrounds, police said. Neither will umbrellas, signs, banners or tripods. No large bags will be allowed, and small bags, such as purses, will be searched. Cameras will be allowed.

A long line had already formed by 3 p.m.

A group that bills itself as supportive of the #DumpTrump movement is urging people to show up to protest the GOP front-runner.

Eugene officials said that the Trump campaign has rented out the fairgrounds and the facility’s parking lots and will be handling security for those areas. Police will be providing a motorcade for the Trump campaign from the time he arrives in Eugene until his departure. 

Trump spoke in Omaha, Nebraska earlier Friday afternoon and will be holding two events in Washington state on Saturday.

Trump’s Washington Campaign Chairman, Don Benton, told KGW it was unlikely the businessman would hold a rally in Vancouver.

“Logistically a Vancouver stop is not going to fit into our schedule. We hoped that it would but I think we’re now going to look at a different day,” Benton said.

Oregon’s primary is May 17 and Washington’s Republican primary is May 24. On May 4, Trump’s last remaining competitor suspended his campaign, making way for Trump to become the presumptive Republican nominee. 

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