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President Trump arrives to speak at his Amway Center rally in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump officially launched his re-election campaign with a rally at the 20,000-person capacity Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday evening.

Between the lines: Florida is a key 2020 battleground. Trump won by a narrow margin there in 2016 with 48.6% of the vote to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's 47.4%. The 2018 midterms showed narrow Republican wins for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Sen. Rick Scott.

Trump meets fans at Miami International Airport. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
The venue choice is a sign of continued focus on the state, where its 29 electoral college votes could make all the difference. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the neo-fascist Proud Boys face off against anti-Trump protesters outside the rally. Photo: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images
White House Senior Advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-Trump protesters gather around a huge "Baby Trump" balloon outside the rally. Photo: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images
According to Trump, the campaign received tens of thousands of ticket requests for the launch. The preceding event was dubbed "45-fest." Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Trump with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who's stepping down as the White House press secretary. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Hordes of people waited out the rain ahead of the rally. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Trump supporters moved indoors to await the arrival of the President, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Trump takes the stage at a packed Amway Arena. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence gearing up for hopes of a second term. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
The Amway Center seats 20,000 people. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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