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September 01, 2016

Donald Trump coming to Philly for discussion with African-American voters

Donald Trump will continue his courtship of minority voters during a campaign stop Friday in Philadelphia, according to media reports.

The Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to attend a roundtable discussion with African-American leaders of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church, NewsWorks reports.

The church has been led by Reverend Dr. Herbert H. Lusk, II since 1982. According to the church's website, Lusk is a former Eagles running back and credited as the first NFL player to kneel in prayer after scoring a touchdown.

The private event will begin in the afternoon at The View at 800 North Broad Street, CBS3 reports.

Trump’s Pennsylvania campaign spokesman did not return a message seeking confirmation.

In recent weeks, the Trump campaign has identified the need to better reach out to minority voters in response to his declining poll numbers.

Trump went so far to make a last-minute trip to Mexico earlier this week to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The greater-Philadelphia area has been a busy place during the election.

GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence held a rally in Bucks County last week and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stumped for votes a week earlier in West Philly.

President Barack Obama will also be campaigning in Philly on Sept. 13 on behalf of Clinton.

In a Franklin and Marshall College poll released earlier today, Clinton holds a seven-point lead over Trump among Pennsylvania voters, 47 percent to 40.