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Trump visiting Sharonville Convention Center Wednesday night

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Posted at 10:07 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 06:48:39-04

SHARONVILLE, Ohio — Once he finishes shaking hands and smiling for photos (as well as sizable donations) at a Wednesday fundraiser, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will court Ohio's general electorate with a rally in the Sharonville Convention Center, his campaign announced Friday.

The convention center doors will open at 4 p.m., but Trump will not appear until 7 p.m. Attendees can RSVP online.

In addition to being the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention, an event which has grown increasingly controversial as Trump's rise creates divisions within the party, Ohio is an important swing state in the general election. Since 1964, the candidate who claims Ohio's 18 electoral votes in November has also claimed the presidency.

Trump's recent appearances in the Buckeye State appear to be an acknowledgement of the state's importance as well as an attempt to push back the efforts of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who has visited several more times in recent months and reportedly hired 50 staffers to man her Ohio offices.

Trump hired his first Ohio employee just two weeks ago.