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The Latest: Trump arrives in Ohio to tour Army tank plant

President Donald Trump arrives at Lima Allen County Airport, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Lima, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

LIMA, Ohio — The Latest on President Donald Trump campaign in Ohio (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived in Ohio to tour an Army tank plant and raise money for his re-election campaign.

The Lima Army Tank Plant had been at risk for closure but is now benefiting from Trump’s focus on boosting defence spending. The president has asked Congress for $750 billion for the Pentagon next year, more than was appropriated in each of his first two years in office.

Trump will also attend a campaign fundraiser in Canton, Ohio.

The visit is Trump’s first this year to the politically important state. It follows complaints by the president about General Motors’ decision to close its plant in Lordstown, Ohio, as part of a corporate restructuring.

Trump won the state of Ohio, and it’s a key focus of his re-election effort.

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12:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is returning to Ohio, the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort.

Trump’s visit Wednesday marks his first trip to Ohio since last year’s midterm election campaign, when Ohio was a rare bright spot for Republicans in the upper Midwest. Relying on a victory in the state, Trump’s campaign is mindful of warning signs that Ohio can hardly be taken for granted in 2020.

No state may better illustrate the re-aligning effects of Trump’s candidacy and presidency than Ohio. Traditionally Democratic-leaning working-class voters have swung heavily toward the GOP, and moderate Republicans in populous suburban counties have shifted away from Trump.

Trump visit to Lima and Canton mark his 10th trip to the state since taking office.

The Associated Press