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Rainy weather doesn't dampen spirits at President's rally

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Supporters and protesters braved the rain on Monday waiting hours to get inside the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau to hear President Donald Trump lead his final rally before the mid-term election. 

Dale Griffin from Dexter, Missouri, started waiting in line 10 hours before the President was set to talk on stage.

"I would walk through fire to support our President, rain is nothing," Griffin said. 

President Trump supporter and veteran Darrell Stankevitz says he has sat though a lot worse in his time in the military.

"Sitting in the rain is a small token for supporting our President," Stankevitz said. 

Ron Howe from St. Louis, MO says this Presidential rally was a first for him. The group he traveled with left at 6 a.m. and got in line around 8 a.m. 

Rain started to fall around noon and didn't stop until well after 7 p.m.

Doors to the rally were supposed to open at 6 p.m. but because of the weather, Cape Girardeau Police said the gates opened early. 

In between the cheering for President Trump, some Missouri residents voiced their opinions about Democratic U.S. Senator from Missouri Claire McCaskill. 

"We need to get rid of Claire McCaskill," Griffin said. 

Others yelled to send McCaskill home. 

President Trump held the rally in Cape Girardeau as a final push to help the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Josh Hawley's campaign. 

Within the crowd of thousands, not all were supporters of the President. 

"I really don't like the tone of Trump's presidency," Southeast Missouri State University senior Caleb Ellenburg said. "I feel like it's a malicious tone causing America a greater divide."

Another student at SEMO, Emily Bergmann agreed with Ellenburg. 

"I feel like Trump inspires people to be hateful and I just think that's wrong," Bergmann said. 

After talking to multiple people on both sides of the aisle, all agree it's important to voice your opinion by voting on Tuesday. 

"Well if you don't have a ride, call me," Griffin said. "I'll rent a bus and come pick you up and take you to vote."

Nick Cornaghie from Marion just turned 18-years-old and says he's excited to vote in his first election. 

"Just the freedom and what I get to choose from now," Cornaghie said. "I get to make my own choice now in the election and have my own thoughts, ideas, and conclusions."

Cornaghie attended the rally with his mom and brother. 

"Honestly as a young voter like myself, I don't know where I stand and I would like to hear what Mr. Trump has to say," Cornaghie said. 

Sergeant Schmidt from the Cape Girardeau Police Department says there were no arrest were made during Monday's rally. 
 

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