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Donald Trump to kick off 'thank you tour' Thursday in Cincinnati

By Allen Cone
Donald Trump to kick off 'thank you tour' Thursday in Cincinnati
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at a rally at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H., on November 7 -- one day before the election, which he barely lost in the state. Trump is planning a "thank you tour" with rallies in states where he won. File photo by Matthew Healey/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Donald Trump will kick off a "thank you tour" Thursday in Cincinnati -- in one of the battleground states that propelled the Republican to the presidency.

A massive rally is planned at 7 p.m. at U.S. Bank Arena, where he conducted a rally on Oct. 13 during his candidacy, sources first confirmed Tuesday to Bloomberg and then Politico.

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His second event tentatively is scheduled for Des Moines, Iowa, another state that Trump won.

On Nov. 17, George Gigicos, Trump's director of advance, told reporters his post-election trips may take him to "swing states we flipped over."

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Trump won Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida, all states President Barack Obama won twice in 2008 and 2012.

Gigicos emphasized it is a "thank you tour" and not a "victory tour."

In unofficial results in Ohio, Trump won with 52.1 percent of the vote (2,771,984) compared with 43.5 percent (2,317,001) for Democrat Hillary Clinton. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio.

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At the Cincinnati rally in October, which drew several thousand people, he made an appeal for blue collar workers who have lost their jobs during his 47-minute speech.

Trump, who said he has been energized by the massive rallies, is still filling Cabinet positions and top jobs in the White House.

In some respects he is still in campaign mode, firing off rants on Twitter, including criticizing Clinton and the media.

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