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Supporters arrive early for Trump rally on Monday

Posted: 11:32 AM, Nov 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-04 17:40:46-05
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Supports of President Donald Trump are beginning to stream into Rupp Arena ahead of Monday's rally to campaign for Gov. Matt Bevin.

It was an early morning for the crowd outside of Rupp Arena before the rally. Some supporters arrived as early as 4 a.m.

"If you're going to see Trump, you have to get here early and we want a good seat when we get in," said Lexington resident Patrick Golden.

Around 3 p.m. officials opened the doors to allow ticket holders into the event.

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The doors were originally set to open around 4 p.m. but a crowd began forming outside.

"It just means a lot to all of these people," said Harrodsburg resident Betty Sanders. "It means everything that he thinks enough to come, that it's important to him too."

People who came out hope the rally will encourage voters to get out to the polls.

"If you have the support of your president for your state, I think it gives everybody a lot more hope," said Lexington resident Jeffrey Mefford.

While the crowd is gearing up to watch Trump speak, Lexington is getting ready for the expected heavy traffic.

Lexington police said that it may take longer to get around the city and that traffic from Blue Grass Airport to downtown Lexington will be heavy throughout the day.

Several roads will be closed, but due to Secret Service protocols, police cannot provide specific information about where or when they will be closed.

Also, parking downtown will be limited and Lextran will have detours to their services.

The rally has been scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The full rally will be live streamed on our LEX 18 Facebook page .