UPDATE: President Trump calls off MAGA rally in Missouri due to Florence

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- UPDATE: The White House called off the rally due to Hurricane Florence. The Trump campaign plans to reschedule the event.


President Donald Trump's campaign has announced plans to hold a MAGA rally in Cape Girardeau, MO. It's the first time in 22 years that a President is visiting the area.

Thursday night, the Trump campaign website launched a link to an upcoming event in the southeastern part of the Show Me state. The rally is set to take place on Thursday, September 13th.

Missouri Congressman Jason Smith (R) plans to welcome the Commander-in-Chief to the Show Me state. The former co-chair of the President's campaign says Trump is keeping his promise to remember Missourians and support their economic opportunity.

“We’re really excited. I’ve asked the President to come to Southeast Missouri to come to what I refer to as ‘Trump country’ and we’re glad to see that the President’s coming, we’re going to fill the arena and we’re going to make it one of his best rallies yet," said Smith.

Smith says Missourians have benefited greatly from tax cuts, low unemployment, and other policies set by the Trump administration. Now he says the President is traveling to the state to help Republicans win there in November.

"People are very supportive of the policies that the President has been pushing forward. He just needs back-up, and unfortunately, we only have one Senator and that’s Senator Blunt that’s been delivering for President Trump.”

Thursday, the President travels to Billings, Montana for another MAGA rally. Republicans are hoping to put up a good fight against incumbent Senator Jon Tester, as the state is increasingly viewed as a 'red state'.

Missouri finds itself in a similar scenario, as it is home to one of the most competitive state-wide races in the country in 2018. Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill is facing off against GOP state attorney general Josh Hawley.

Polls indicate the race could be very close between McCaskill and Hawley. Political experts say that election could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate in the new year.

The White House and Hawley campaign were not immediately available for comment on the upcoming event. A spokeswoman for the Hawley campaign initially directed Gray DC's bureau to the White House for further information on any planned events.

The Missouri rally is slated to take place in the Show Me Center at 1333 North Sprigg Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Those interested in attending the event can find more information here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/mo-sept-2018/

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