President Trump makes campaign stop in West Salem

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WEST SALEM, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – President Trump continues to hit the campaign trail one week out from Election Day, Tuesday evening making it to an important swing area, western Wisconsin. First News at Nine’s Hayley Spitler spoke with those who want to see four more years of Trump in office.

One week from Election Day, thousands of Trump supporters turned out to La Crosse Speedway to show their support for the president. Trump is hoping to turn Wisconsin red as he did in 2016.

Rally attendees, Bradley and Erin Amundson, said, “In this area, it’s really important because there are a lot of democrats who live in this area and there’s a lot of republicans, and we’ll see. Whoever gets the vote out is going to win this area.”

The Amundsons traveled over 100 miles to attend the MAGA rally Tuesday. An initial gathering in La Crosse was canceled earlier in October hours before trump announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Trump supporter Justin Montello was happy the president still made it to La Crosse county before November third.

Justin Montello, a Trump supporter said, “He’s a trooper for being able to have covid at his age, to knock it out of the park and get right back out and work. Honestly, he’s doing three rallies a day, I don’t even think I could do that.”

The rally drew in thousands of attendees in the middle of the pandemic. However, those I spoke too said they were not afraid of catching the virus.

“We do have our masks that we’re going to be wearing when we’re in close with other people,” said Amundson.

Montello said, “I’d say it’s extremely important for him to get out to all the battleground states right now, just showing that he cares and being here.”

The badger state was critical for a trump victory four years ago and turning out the votes here in western Wisconsin will once again be key on Election Night.

In West Salem, Hayley Spitler, First News at Nine.

Four years ago, Donald trump stumped in the badger state during the final week of the 2016 campaign, including holding a rally at Zorn Arena in Eau Claire.

He ended up taking the state’s 10 electoral votes by less than 23-thousand votes. With his rally at the La Crosse county fairgrounds in West Salem, this is his eighth stop in battleground Wisconsin this year.

This visit to La Crosse county comes after the president held a rally saturday in Waukesha.

President Trump said, “Next week Wisconsin is going to answer the call of history. Once again, we had a great victory here, didn’t we, remember that four years ago. They said, Donald Trump has won the state of Wisconsin, it’s been a long time since a republican did that, but actually we’re actually much higher now than we were then. We actually have a campaign that’s more enthusiastic and that one had to be number one in history four years ago. But you know this is going to be the most important election in the history of our country.”

Trump’s visit is part of the last sprint to the finish line for both campaigns.

Vice President Mike Pence is slated to be in central Wisconsin tomorrow for a rally at the airport in Mosinee.

Trump’s democratic challenger Joe Biden has announced he will travel to Wisconsin on Friday. No details have been released on where he will be visiting.

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