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Donald Trump cancels Monday rally in Doral

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Arvest Bank Theater in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Arvest Bank Theater in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Kansas City Star

Donald Trump has called off a Miami-area rally his campaigned had planned for Monday night, the eve before Florida’s primary.

Instead of campaigning at his Trump National Doral resort, Trump will gather with supporters in Youngstown, Ohio.

"If we are successful on Election Day, we will do a celebration at Doral after the election," the Republican front-runner’s campaign said in a statement Sunday afternoon.

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The late schedule change could be a sign that Trump is more worried about losing Ohio to Gov. John Kasich than Florida to Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio will end Monday in his hometown of West Miami.

Miami protesters were organizing on Facebook to disrupt Trump’s Doral appearance.

He still held his West Boca rally Sunday night as planned and will campaign Monday afternoon in Tampa

Sunday’s cancellation came two days after he canceled a rally in Chicago when protesters took over the site where he planned to speak.

Some of Trump’s rallies have drawn attention for protests — most notably the one at the University of Illinois in Chicago scheduled for Friday. When protesters in the arena heard that Trump had canceled the event, it sparked cheers by protesters while other fans yelled out for Trump, leading to some confrontations.

On Saturday, a protester nearly climbed on stage at a Trump event near the Dayton international Airport, prompting Secret Service to surround Trump. The man was arrested.

In West Boca, dozens of law enforcement officials from the Secret Service as well as dozens from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office provided security.

Marco Rubio says Trump bears some responsibility for the crowd behavior.

“We have a major presidential candidate that basically encourages people in the crowd to beat up on people that heckle and protest against him. That’s what’s happening, and don’t tell me that it’s not because it is. … The other day a guy sucker-punched somebody at one of his events,” Rubio said while campaigning in Tampa Bay Saturday.

The primary is on Tuesday but about two million Republican and Democratic voters have already cast ballots by mail or at early voting sites.

Polls have consistently showed Trump winning Florida’s winner take all 99 delegates which would be a blow to the campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio. A Real Clear Politics average of polls March 4-11 showed Trump leading Rubio by 18 points.

In the Democratic primary, polls consistently show Hillary Clinton beating Bernie Sanders by a landslide in Florida.

Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam C. Smith and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

The collapse of the celebrated Trump International Hotel & Tower in Fort Lauderdale four years ago cost buyers millions in lost deposits, sparked more than a dozen lawsuits, and has now emerged as a campaign issue that threatens to follow the GOP

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