The Latest: Trump swipes at O’Rourke as both rally in Texas

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DALLAS (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Texas (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is taking a few swipes at Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke as both campaign in Texas.

Trump seized Thursday on how O’Rourke proposed a mandatory buyback of assault-style rifles. During a town hall last week, O’Rourke said if elected, he would seek to revoke the tax-exempt status of religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage.

Trump says, “Beto, in a few short weeks, got rid of guns and got rid of religion. Those are not two good things in Texas to get rid of.”

Trump says he hopes O’Rourke ends his presidential bid to make a second run for Senate, this time against Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Trump says, “John Cornyn is going to win so easily, just like Ted Cruz won.”

O’Rourke is campaigning in a Dallas suburb.

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10:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is heading to the Lone Star State.

Trump will be headlining a campaign rally in Dallas Thursday evening 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.

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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