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COVER: Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump on stage in The Woodlands on June 17 during a campaign swing throuhg Texas. PHOTO by MICHAEL STRAVATO/THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

by PATRICK SVITEK

AUSTIN — Donald Trump is holding a rally Tuesday in Austin, his first public event in Texas as the Republican presidential nominee.

Trump was already scheduled to visit Texas on Tuesday for private fundraisers in Fort Worth and Austin. His campaign announced Friday he will also attend the rally, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Luedecke Arena.

While it is unusual for a presidential nominee to publicly campaign in safely red Texas, the Austin rally was not entirely unexpected. When Trump traveled to Texas as the presumptive nominee in June, he added two rallies, one in Dallas and the other in The Woodlands, to a trip otherwise centered on fundraising.

It will not be the only attention Texas is getting next week from the presidential campaigns. Former President Bill Clinton is set to stop in San Antonio on Thursday for a fundraiser for his wife’s campaign.

PATRICK SVITEK reports for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. It is made available here through a news partnership between the Texas Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

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