President Donald Trump will speak at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio today at the Warren County Fairgrounds as part of a six-state tour to give Republican candidates a boost in the upcoming November election.
Lebanon is in Warren County, northeast of Cincinnati, and is a Republican stronghold, and Trump won two out of every three votes there in 2016 as he decisively carried Ohio.
The rally begins at 7 p.m.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is warning drivers to expect heavy traffic and road closures in the city of 21,000. The Lebanon High School football team moved up its game against Miamisburg High to Thursday night to ease congestion.
The city of Lebanon is asking those planning to attend to arrive at or near 2 p.m. when the fairgrounds open.
Residents and commuters in the area should expect increased traffic volumes, temporary road closures and increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to city officials.
There will be temporary road closures lasting 45 minutes can be expected for all major north and south routes through Lebanon before the rally, according to city officials.
U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, a Cincinnati Republican whose district encompasses Warren County, is in a hotly contested race with Democrat Aftab Pureval, the Hamilton County clerk of courts.
Trump’s pick for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, Rep. Jim Renacci, is in an uphill battle to unseat two-term U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democratic former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray are in a tight race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. John Kasich, a frequent Trump critic who unsuccessfully challenged him for the 2016 presidential nomination.
Former President Barack Obama campaigned for Democratic candidates last month in Cleveland. Obama carried Ohio twice.
Trump was the keynote speaker for a state Republican Party fundraising dinner in Columbus in August, after campaigning earlier in the month for state Sen. Troy Balderson, who narrowly won a special election over Franklin County official Danny O’Connor for Ohio’s open 12th Congressional District. The two have a November rematch for a full term.