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TODAY: Trump headed to W.Va. as part of election sprint

November 3, 2018 GMT

CEREDO — With two hours left until the president lands at Huntington Tri-State Airport, hanger three was steadily filling with loyal Donald Trump supporters.

Trump is flying in to stump for U.S. Senate Republican candidate Patrick Morrisey, current state Attorney General — one of several Trump is having in the days leading up the midterm elections.

Afterward, he is scheduled to head to Indianapolis where he, Vice President Mike Pence, and Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight, who coached the Indiana University Hoosiers, will stump for Republican Mike Braun, who is running against Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

Members of Huntington High School’s Young Republicans club were in attendance waiting for the president. Natalie Shields, a sophomore at Huntington High, said they decided to come for the experience of seeing a sitting president in person.

“I like him,” Shields said. “I like what he stands for.”

Shields said she hopes to hear the president address health care and immigration.

David Stalvey, of Louisa, Kentucky, came with his family. Stalvey said he had never seen a sitting president in person before and wanted to show this president he supports what he is doing for the country.

“I like that he is actually doing what he said he would do when he campaigned, for once,” Stalvey said.

He said he hopes to hear the president say he is sticking with his plans and staying consistent.

“I want him to know to keep going,” he said.

Though he won’t be casting a vote for Morrisey, Stalvey said he would consider voting for a Trump-endorsed candidate in Kentucky if he was unsure of who to vote for. He said he doesn’t vote straight ticket, but judges each candidate individually.

Trump is expected to land at the airport by 4 p.m. to deliver his remarks.

Rally goers must meet charter buses at Camden Park, the Ceredo Plaza or ResCare in Huntington to be taken to the rally. The buses stop running at 3 p.m.

Friday’s rally will mark the president’s third rally in support of Morrisey and his eighth visit to West Virginia since he took office in 2017. He previously rallied voters in Charleston in August and Wheeling in September.

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