Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a rally in Des Moines, Iowa this afternoon, the first of two events he has scheduled for Friday.
Trump’s rally will be held at the Iowa Events Center beginning at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. It can be viewed in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
For the first time this week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, candidate for vice president, will join Trump at this event. Pence and Trump have in recent days been holding separate rallies in different states across the country, but they will appear together this afternoon before heading over to another joint rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Trump has made quite a few stops in Iowa since earning the Republican nomination, holding two back-to-back events in the state on July 29th. According to KCCI 8 Des Moines, about 6,000 people are expected to attend Trump’s Des Moines rally today.
Iowa is, of course, a swing state in the 2016 election, and it’s these states that Trump has been zeroing in on. Earlier this week, he made stops in Florida, Virginia and Ohio.
Recent polls have shown that Iowa is neck and neck between Clinton and Trump, with Clinton having the slight advantage. Real Clear Politics‘ polling average shows Clinton ahead of Trump by just half a point, 41.3 percent to 40.8 percent.
But FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver’s election forecast website, puts Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning Iowa at 70.8 percent. In 2012, Barack Obama won Iowa 51.9 percent to 46.1 percent. Obama also won Iowa in 2008, but in the 2004 election, George W. Bush took the state by just 0.32 percent.