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President-elect Donald J. Trump will return to the Grand Rapids area Friday for a 7 p.m. rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, as part of his “thank you” tour of states that the New York businessman won in last month’s presidential election.

Michigan proved to be among Trump’s crucial wins after the Republican captured the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa and Ohio in last month’s elections.

His thank-you tour began last week with a rally in Indianapolis. This week, he also plans stops in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Tuesday, and Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday.

Trump had ended his presidential campaign in the early morning hours of Election Day, Nov. 8, with a rally at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, where he was joined by his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

“We’re hours away from a once-in-a-lifetime change,” he told thousands of supporters at that rally — his eighth campaign stop in Michigan during the election cycle.

That early-morning stop in Grand Rapids came on the heels of a rally Trump held at the DeltaPlex arena in Walker, just outside the Grand Rapids city limits.

Last week, Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers certified election returns in which Trump narrowly defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by about 10,700 votes.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein has since requested a recount in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

After court challenges, a federal judge early Monday ordered Michigan election officials to begin the massive hand recount of 4.8 million ballots Monday.

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