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Kimulita Mann, 57, of Houston waiting in line at Trump rally in Orlando near Amway Center speaks about her support. Dave Osborn, dave.osborn@naplesnews.com; 239-263-4896

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ORLANDO – Greg Madden didn't want to watch Donald Trump announce his 2020 re-election bid from his home TV or on a jumbotron.

Instead, the Stuart man said he arrived in Orlando at 9 p.m. Sunday to secure a front-row seat for Tuesday, when the president plans to announce inside Amway Center that he's running for re-election in 2020.

"I wanted to come here and see the president and make history," Madden, 39, said just outside a tent he pitched on a sidewalk along South Division Avenue just north of the arena where 20,000 are expected to fill it.

Madden joined 60 others sitting in lawn and fold-up chairs to assure good seats when Trump is scheduled to speak after the rally begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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The National Weather Service in Melbourne was calling for afternoon high temperatures in the upper 80s in Orlando Tuesday, with humidity pushing the heat index past 90 degrees.

What’s more, there was a 60% chance of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service warned the storms could bring heavy rain, gusty winds and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning.

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Supporters who arrived early waited beneath cloudy skies and endured typical Central Florida humidity. Many like Madden were prepared for rain with tents, umbrellas and pop-up coverings often found at football tailgates.

Madden drove from the east coast Florida city with his wife Ashtin, 25, after he heard the president say Friday morning on "Fox & Friends" that there were more than 100,000 requests to attend the Tuesday event for the 20,000 spots.

"He loves America," Madden said.

"He's the first president in my lifetime who does the right thing by the American people. My stepdad sent me a photo of Donald Trump hugging the American flag and that sums up Donald Trump.

"He's restored my faith in humanity."

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Fellow Trump supporter Kimulita Mann said she rode on a bus from Houston to line up for a front-row seat to see the president Tuesday.

"He's the man for the hour," said Mann, 57, wearing a plastic red, white and blue hat and matching sunglasses shaped like stars.

"I was here a week in advance and I've been in the hotel waiting for this rally. It's a really big deal for me."

Mann said she supports Trump because he visited Israel in 2017 and said a prayer at the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Trump was the first sitting U.S. president to do so.

"He's God-chosen for the time that we're in now," Mann said. "He's a man of God."

Maureen LaBree of Leesburg said she arrived around 1:30 p.m. Monday for her place in line. She said she supports Trump especially for his stance against abortion.

"Every baby is a new life," said LaBree, 73, adding every abortion "breaks the heart of God."

Originally from Gary, Indiana, LaBree said she's lived in Leesburg for much of her life and often travels to Trump rallies, including a few in 2016 at Hertz Arena in Estero.

"Every life is precious to God," she said, wearing a red "Trump 2020" hat with a large button of the president pinned on the side.

"Other than our Founding Fathers, this election next year is the most important election in our history."

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Traffic flowed easily through downtown Monday afternoon but streets are expected to become congested, as police block off even more with more Trump supporters and protesters expected to arrive in the city.

Trump tweeted earlier that those who cannot make it inside can watch the rally from large screens outside the arena.

For those braving the heat and rain, watching Trump on a city lot outside wouldn't cut it.

"We want to get as close up to the front as we can," LaBree said. "Being here is the main thing."

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