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Donald Trump thank-you tour comes to Orlando

Event held at Central Florida Fairgrounds

ORLANDO, Fla. – A crowd estimated at 10,000 people cheered as President-elect Donald Trump took the stage Friday night as part of his thank-you tour.

"I'm here for one thing, one reason," he said. "To say thank you to the incredible people of Florida. What a group."

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Trump has traveled to several other battleground states that helped him win the presidency, including Hershey, Pennsylvania, Thursday night, where a crowd braved bitter temperatures to see him.

Friday night in Orlando, the temperature was in the 60s.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke to the heart of what he says the Trump administration will do when they take office on Jan. 20.

"Thanks to you, 34 days from today, we will have a president who will fight every day to put Americans back to work and make the American economy great again," he said.

Many in the crowd traveled long distances to see the man who will become president.

Richard Crotty, former Orange County mayor, took note of the electric atmosphere, the energy and the lighting.

"It still has that rock star concert feel about it," he said. "You have vendors selling funny hats, and signs that are sometimes humorous, other times not so much."

Trump will travel Saturday to Mobile, Alabama, where he will hold another thank-you rally.

News 6 learned he will spend the holidays at his home in West Palm Beach, where a press contingent will be on standby in case they are needed.

The Orange County Democratic Party said in a statement Friday that Trump's visit to Orange County is "proof that his transition team is clueless" about Orange County.

On Election Day, Orange County voters' pick was Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It was one of nine Florida counties that voted against Trump.

Less than 100 votes were cast for Trump at Precinct 603, which includes the Central Florida Fairgrounds where he spoke.

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