Trump hopes to fire up North Texas Republicans

Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump, many of whom drove long distances to get to Dallas, stood in line for hours ahead of a Trump rally Thursday night. (Photo by Drake Lawson)

DALLAS (KWTX) Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump, many of whom drove long distances to get to Dallas, stood in line for hours ahead of a Trump rally Thursday night.

Some said they had been saving their spots in line for days.

The American Airlines Center, where the president will speak, holds about 20,000 people and it expected to be full to capacity Thursday evening.

Mr. Trump has made several trips to the Texas since he's been in office, but this will be his first visit since Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry.

Many Democrats believe Texas' 38 electoral votes are in play for 2020.

The president only carried Texas by nine points in 2016, far less than his Republican presidential predecessors.

The Trump campaign said there is no question the president will win Texas again.

The campaign said the administration's policies are boosting the economy and warns the plans of the president's Democratic rivals will kill jobs in Texas.

"Since the President became president, almost 800,000 jobs have been created and the economy of Texas is just red hot, just as it is across the entire country," said Tim Murtaugh, a Trump Campaign spokesman.

Murtaugh warned Democrats are running on ending dependence on natural gas, oil and gasoline. "In Texas, that means 2 million jobs would vanish," Murtaugh said.