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Donald Trump chooses rivals’ hometown of Miami for first Florida campaign rally

Donald Trump will campaign Friday at his Doral golf resort, where he has also hosted Miss Universe pageant contestants.
Donald Trump will campaign Friday at his Doral golf resort, where he has also hosted Miss Universe pageant contestants. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Donald Trump is no stranger to the Miami-area golf resort that bears his name. But his visit to Trump National Doral this week will be different.

Trump plans to hold a campaign rally at 7 p.m. Friday — his first event in Florida as a presidential candidate.

The real-estate mogul owns a lavish estate, Mar-a-Lago, in West Palm Beach, and Trump National Doral produced more revenue than any other of Trump’s businesses last year, according to his candidate financial disclosure form. It’s also next to Univison, the Spanish-language television giant Trump whose employees Trump has barred from his hotel after they dumped his Miss Universe pageant over his contention that some Mexican immigrants are “rapists.”

Despite the local ties ties, Trump had chosen to hold his popular rallies in early caucus and primary states and not Florida. For his first event, he chose Miami, home to Republican rivals Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, who trail Trump in the latest statewide poll by Quinnipiac University. Trump has feuded with both Rubio and Bush; at one point he chided Bush for responding in Spanish to a Miami high schooler — and later a reporter — who asked him a question.

Trump, the national GOP frontrunner, also plans to hold an event Saturday in Jacksonville.

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