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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets the crowd as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Fredericksburg, Va., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

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Medina County Republicans are looking forward to their presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit to Akron today.

Nancy Abbott, Medina Municipal Court clerk and former Medina County Republican Party chair, said Saturday that she hopes to attend the event at the University of Akron’s James A. Rhodes Arena, but the short notice of his appearance means she is rushing to secure tickets and post the information on the local party’s website. She said she first heard about his appearance in Akron late last week.

“It’s sort of a surprise,” she said.

County Republican Party Chair Chuck Calvert agreed the event’s announcement was tight, but said he is used to receiving short notice prior to political speeches.

“That’s not terribly unusual,” he said.

Calvert said he has conflicting plans and will not be attending the event, but several people from the party’s local executive committee likely will be there.

Both Abbott and Calvert plan to throw their support to the New York business executive in the November election.

“We have to get him elected,” Calvert said. “We will have two, possibly three, Supreme Court appointments in the next three years. … We want to make sure we have a say to who gets on the Supreme Court.”

Abbott — who served as an alternate delegate for Gov. John Kasich at the 2016 Republican National Convention last month in Cleveland — said the Supreme Court openings are a factor in her decision to support Trump.

While Jill Stein will be running on the Green Party ticket and Gary Johnson as a Libertarian candidate, Abbott ultimately believes the presidential election will be a two-person race — Trump vs. Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I think he is closer to what I feel our country has to be (doing),” she said.

Calvert said he believes high voter registration rates could mean Trump will draw more voters to the polls, but it’s too early to be sure about what the numbers mean.

“It’s an unusual election,” he said. “We have a lot more people registering to vote, which is a good sign.

“We think they’re registering to vote for Trump,” he said.

Abbott said the recent management change in the Trump campaign from Paul Manafort to veteran pollster Kellyanne Conway and Stephen K. Bannon, chairman of the Breitbart News website, might mean Trump is shifting strategies for the general election.

“It’s two different kinds of campaigns,” she said.

Election Day is Nov. 8 and early voting will begin in October.

“We’re getting down there,” Abbott said. “I think it’s going to be a very exciting race here in Ohio.”

Contact reporter Elizabeth Dobbins at (330) 721-4063 or edobbins@medina-gazette.com.



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