Security was tight at a Eugene convention center as a few thousand people arrived for a rally by Donald Trump and a couple hundred protesters gathered outside.

The Latest: Security Tight at Donald Trump Eugene Rally Site

EUGENE, Ore. — The Latest on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally in Eugene, Oregon (all times local):


6:45 p.m.

Security was tight at a Eugene convention center as a few thousand people arrived for a rally by Donald Trump and a couple hundred protesters gathered outside.

People attending the rally at the Lane Events Center had to go through a series of metal detectors that were staffed by the Secret Service and Transportation Security Administration.

Trump was to begin speaking at 7 p.m. Friday.

Protesters were kept about 300 yards away by a fence and by police. Some of them shouted at Trump supporters as they arrived.

Among the Trump fans was 50-year-old Ken Kraft, who drove to Eugene from Oregon City.

Kraft was wearing a signature Trump red baseball cap, emblazoned with the words “Make America Great Again.”

A military veteran, Kraft said he likes Trump’s message of securing the country’s borders.

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6:25 p.m.

Protesters shouted “Dump Trump” as a long line of supporters of Donald Trump filed into a Eugene convention center for a rally by the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Trump was to speak at the Lane Events Center at 7 p.m. Friday.

Supporters began arriving hour early for the event.

A couple hundred protesters marched to the grounds of the convention center. They shouted anti-Trump slogans as the billionaire businessman’s supporters arrived.

Oregon State Police and other law enforcement officials were on hand.

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5:25 p.m.

Protesters are gathering in Eugene in preparation for Donald Trump’s rally in the liberal university town.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee is scheduled to speak at Eugene’s Lane Events Center at 7 p.m. Protesters have been gathering at a park a few blocks away.

Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee earlier this week after winning Indiana’s primary and his last two rivals — Ted Cruz and John Kasich — dropped out.

The home of the University of Oregon and a city known for its liberalism, Eugene hardly seems like a good fit for the billionaire businessman.

The Trump campaign has said it chose Eugene because it’s a major Oregon population center that is easily accessible from other parts of the state. Eugene is about 110 miles south of Portland.

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