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Trump supporters gear up for rally in Eugene as Vancouver rally is canceled

Posted: Updated: May 06, 2016 08:25 AM

Donald Trump is set to hold his first campaign rally in Oregon. Trump will speak to a crowd in Eugene at the Lane County Fairgrounds Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Volunteers at the newly established Donald Trump campaign office in Tigard are working to get in last minute calls.

Teresa de Bellis works for the Trump Campaign, and is looking forward to an event that will bring like-minded supporters together, in a typically more liberal landscape.

“The political environment for Trump right now is more blue than it is red, so you feel like you’re standing alone a little bit,” de Bellis said.

Teresa certainly won't be standing alone on Friday when Donald Trump supporters take over the Lane County Fairgrounds.

But along with praise, comes pushback.

“I anticipate there will be some protesters [in Eugene]. That’s America, there’s nothing wrong with that. I would imagine event organizers, police and secret service will be able to handle that,” said Richard Burke, Oregon field director of Trump for President.

Eugene Police are teaming up with secret service and several other law enforcement agencies to secure the area.

Campaign volunteers told Fox 12 they were informed about the cancellation of Trump’s upcoming Vancouver rally, and now, all eyes are on Eugene.

“Certainly a lot of people who were going to go to the Vancouver event are now going to the Eugene event,” Burke explained.

While the campaign is well underway, some are just now joining the political party.

“This is the first time; but, I’ve been interested in volunteering for Trump since the day he announced,” said volunteer, Hella Betts.

Betts is signing up to make phone calls, and plans to do a lot of word of mouth marketing for Donald Trump near her home in Sherwood.

Betts believes once Oregon meets Trump face to face on Friday, the Republican will gain even more support.

“I do feel that once he articulates what he would like to say and what he really means, I think people will have a different outlook on him,” Betts said.

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