Donald Trump speaks to supporters during Fredericksburg rally

Published: Aug. 20, 2016 at 11:44 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2016 at 11:05 PM EDT
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FREDERICKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made good on his June 2016 promise to supporters in Richmond that he would return to the Commonwealth during the course of this year's election, speaking to a packed house at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

Tickets sold out for the event, according to Trump's campaign website.

In the days and hours leading up to Saturday's rally, Trump was expected to speak on two major themes during Saturday's rally.

The first one is the reality of his poll numbers here in Virginia. Right now, Trump down about 12 percentage points in the latest poll with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton stands at 50 points, Donald Trump at 38 points.

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The second expected theme was if he touches upon his controversial way of courting African-American voters. We heard first in North Carolina, and then last night in Michigan where he asked the African-American community what they have to lose by voting for him, saying, in his view, schools that serve the African-American community in this country are failing, crime rates are skyrocketing and that he is the solution to remedy that.

NBC12's Mike Valerio was at Trump's event in Fredericksburg and will have a full report coming up on NBC12 News at 11 after the Rio Olympic Games.

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