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Trump Visits Tampa And Vows To Return Often

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Donald Trump speeks at a rally in Tampa on Saturday.

Donald Trump made his third presidential campaign stop in Tampa on Saturday and left promising it won’t be his last.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott warmed up the Tampa Convention Center crowd of several thousand people.

And supporters of the presumptive Republican nominee responded by chanting Donald Trumps' last name and the familiar "build that wall" chant supporting Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexican border.

The candidate told the crowd, Florida's 29 electoral votes means his campaign will visit often.

“I’ll be in Florida, I’ll be with you so much over the next five months, that you’re gonna say please keep him the hell out of Florida, he’s driving us crazy,” Trump said.

But he says he's eyeing other states too.

“Winning Florida is absolutely imperative,” Trump said. “You don’t win Florida you say it’s over. But I think  I’m gonna win a lot of states that nobody ever thought about because we’re getting numbers that are incredible in states that no Republican would think about.”

The presumptive Republican presidential candidate has been widely criticized for saying a judge whose parents are from Mexico is incapable of being impartial in a federal case against his now-defunct university.

Trump repeated his claim that he is "the least racist person that you’ve ever met," and then offered the backing  of boxing promoter Don King to support it.

"Don King said Donald I'm endorsing you for president," Trump said. "Now do you think Don King, and he knows me well, do you think he's going to endorse a racist, OK?"

Trump also took aim, again referring to Hillary Clinton as Crooked Hillary and calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren,  "Pocahontas." He said he'd apologize to Pocahontas because it's Pocahontas who"is insulted" 

Two protestors were escorted out but Trump barely acknowledged them.