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After debate, Trump heads to Miami for Hispanic town hall

Donald Trump rallied supporters Sept. 16 at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami.
Donald Trump rallied supporters Sept. 16 at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami. pportal@miamiherald.com

Donald Trump’s first order of business after Monday night’s big debate? Meeting with Miami Hispanics. For real this time.

His campaign has asked about 150 South Florida Latinos to a town hall-style meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center, several people invited told the Miami Herald.

It will be Trump’s first public event after his first debate against Hillary Clinton. He first plans to hit a $25,000-a-head fundraiser in Miami.

Trump’s campaign twice scheduled small-scale meetings with Miami Hispanics over the summer, but both times the events had to be scrapped. A July 8 luncheon at Versailles Cuban restaurant was called off after the Dallas police shootings. It was briefly rescheduled for July 26, only to be pushed back again because most guests wouldn’t be able to make it.

Tuesday’s town hall was initially contemplated for last Tuesday. The campaign even went as far as booking a venue at Florida International University. But the meeting, along with the fundraisers, all of which were intended to follow the day after a Trump rally in Fort Myers, were postponed so the candidate could return to New York and meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Polls show a tied Florida race, with Trump trailing Clinton among Hispanics statewide. One recent survey shows Florida Cuban Americans, who heavily lean Republican, favoring Trump over Clinton, but by a much narrower margin than past Republican nominees.

Trump made specific pitches to voters of Cuban and Venezuelan descent when he last visited Miami two weeks ago. During that trip, he also sat down with a small group of Haitian Americans.

After Tuesday's town hall, Trump will head to Melbourne for a 7 p.m. rally.

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