Trump heads to Nevada on campaign trip to woo supporters, raise cash

WASHINGTON: Republican President Donald Trump on Saturday (Sep 12) headed to Nevada, trying to drum up more support in a state where polls show Democratic rival Joe Biden leading, and to raise money for a campaign that is facing a possible cash crunch.

Trump is trailing Biden, a former vice president, in national polls and in Nevada, which the former real estate developer and reality television star lost narrowly to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Trump plans to attend campaign events in Nevada and Arizona during a three-day Western swing that will also include a stop in California on Monday to be briefed about devastating fires that are ravaging the West Coast.

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The president is ramping up fundraising, too, amid concerns that his campaign is dealing with a cash shortage, leading it to pull back television advertising in crucial states.

A Republican official said about US$18 million would be raised over the weekend through events in Washington and Nevada.

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Trump will hold a rally in Reno on Saturday evening, a "Latinos for Trump" event and another rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, followed by a campaign event in Phoenix on Monday.

The president has increased the number of campaign rallies in recent weeks, holding them in airplane hangars or outdoors to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Thousands of supporters have been showing up, many of them without masks.

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