President Donald Trump gestures to the crowd during a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Latest: Trump takes his campaign rally blitz to Midwest

October 27, 2018 - 11:37 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is traveling to the Midwest, where he will address farmers and stump for a House Republican as he campaigns before the midterm election.

Trump is speaking at the annual convention of the Future Farmers of America in Indiana, before holding a rally for a Republican congressman in southern Illinois.

The trip comes just 10 days before Election Day, as Trump and Republicans seek to stave off Democratic enthusiasm.

In Illinois, Trump will appear with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, who is locked in a tight re-election race in a once reliably Democratic district that supported Trump in 2016.

The Indiana stop is a nod to farmers, who strongly support the president, though the relationships have been tested during Trump's trade conflict with China.

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11 a.m.

President Donald Trump is reviving his usual attack lines, barely missing a beat after mail bombs were sent to some of the most frequent targets of his derision.

He was back in familiar form at a rally Friday night, going after the woman he calls "Crooked Hillary Clinton" and assailing the media at a North Carolina rally.

This, after authorities arrested a Trump supporter who is charged in the mail-bomb attacks.

Trump is on a rally blitz, hoping to help vulnerable Republicans in the Nov. 6 elections that will determine which party controls Congress. He's planning at least 10 rallies over the five-day stretch before Election Day.

He travels to Indiana and Illinois on Saturday.

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