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Trump gets rock-star welcome in W. Virginia ahead of 'very big announcement'

Terry Compton arrived at 7:30 a.m. just to see him.

“I would have stayed here all week just to see [President] Trump,” she said. “I love him.”

At least 1,000 Trump supporters lined the streets of Huntington, West Virginia, a sleepy college town, fervently waving signs, wearing their red “Make America Great Again” hats, and intermittently breaking out into chants of "USA! USA! USA!" They were all waiting for Trump to speak at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena at about 7 p.m.

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Most had waited for hours, with some even arriving Wednesday night. The atmosphere was electric, frenzied and humid.

The president had promised to make a “very big announcement.” Hours before the rally was set to start, Fox News confirmed that the Democratic governor, Jim Justice planned to announce a switch to the Republican party.

Serafin Gomez is a White House Producer for FOX News Channel, who also covered the 2016 election as a Special Events & Politics producer and former special campaign correspondent for Fox News Latino. Fin formerly worked as the Miami Bureau Producer for Fox News Channel where he covered Florida Politics & Latin America. Follow him on Twitter: @Finnygo

 

 

Peter Doocy is currently a Washington D.C.-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC).  He joined the network in 2009 as a general assignment reporter based in the New York bureau.