DALLAS - President Donald Trump is heading to the Lone Star State, and supporters have camped out early to get inside his campaign rally Thursday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
News 12 anchor Jen Phillips arrived in Dallas Thursday morning where thousands have lined up outside the arena hoping to be one of the 20,000 attendees allowed inside.
Trump will be headlining the rally after holding a fundraiser in Fort Worth and touring a new Louis Vuitton leather workshop nearby.
Texas is a Republican stronghold and a GOP candidate can't win the White House without its 38 electoral college votes. Trump carried the state by 9 points in 2016, but Democrats have pointed to demographic trends as well as the fact that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz won reelection by just over 2 points last year as evidence the second most populous state in the nation could soon be in play.
On Tuesday, Trump's campaign held a preview event in San Antonio featuring the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
Watch News 12 Thursday for live reports from the rally in Dallas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.