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Trump officially launches re-election campaign

US President Donald Trump has officially launched his campaign for re-election next year.

 

Trump addressed a rally in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday night.

 

He told a large crowd of supporters that during his time in office, the US economy has become the “envy of the world” and the “greatest” in the country’s history.

 

He said his administration has accomplished more than any other president, during his first two-and-a-half years.

 

Trump told his supporters, “We will keep on fighting.” He said, “Tonight I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term.”

 

Trump has a 90-percent support rate among Republicans. He is expected to win the party’s nomination as there are no other serious contenders.

 

A US website, RealClearPolitics, says the president’s average approval rate of various polls stood at 43.9 percent as of Tuesday. The figure has mostly stayed at the lower 40-percent level over the past year.

 

Trump has a solid support base that is mainly made up of conservative voters. He is likely to cite economic growth and a low unemployment rate as his achievements, and to pledge to carry out his tough immigration policy.

 

Meanwhile, more than 20 people are vying to win the Democratic nomination.

 

Opinion polls show former vice president Joe Biden is the frontrunner.

 

Other leading contenders include Senator Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is popular among liberal voters.

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