President-Elect Donald Trump will hold a rally in Orlando, Florida next week.
This event comes as part of what Trump’s transition team is referring to as the “USA Thank You Tour 2016.” Throughout the month of December, the president-elect will be holding events all across the country in swing states that helped him to win on November 8th, with Florida being one of the most important states of them all.
Here’s everything you need to know about Trump’s Orlando rally:
DATE: Friday, December 16th
LOCATION: The Orlando Amphitheater in the Central Florida Fairgrounds
TIME: Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The event is expected to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, although Trump usually begins speaking a bit later than scheduled.
HOW TO GET TICKETS: Tickets are free, and they can be reserved on the official Donald Trump website. Only two tickets can be registered per order, and a mobile phone number is required since a confirmation will be sent via text.
This will be Donald Trump’s first time in Florida since Election Day, when he was able to win the state with 49 percent of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton’s 47.8 percent. Florida is the swing state that offers the highest number of electors, and if Trump had lost Florida in addition to just one other swing state like Ohio or North Carolina, Hillary Clinton would have won the election.
Florida was red this year for the first time since 2004, as it went for Barack Obama in 2012 and 2008 but George W. Bush in 2004 and 2000. In fact, Florida has voted for the election’s winner in every election since 1992, when George H.W. Bush won Florida but Bill Clinton won the White House.
Going into the 2016 election, Florida was thought of as a state that could end up deciding the next president, similar to how the 2000 race all came down to Florida. This didn’t quite end up being the case, though, with the more important states this year being Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Still, Florida was an important part of Donald Trump’s pathway to 270, and so he’ll be thanking Floridians for their support on Friday.
The focus of these latest Trump events has been to speak to those who already support the president-elect and show appreciation towards Americans who came out for him on Election Day, not really talking to anyone who is not already a passionate fan. And just like during the campaign, the rallies are slowly becoming the main way that Trump gets his message out rather than by doing interviews with the press.