Donald Trump rally at Regent University in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump will be rallying at Regent University this afternoon, a full 18 days ahead of the general election.

Trump’s latest visit to Hampton Roads comes amid controversy sparked by the candidate’s recent comments that he would only accept the results of November’s election if he wins.

The GOP nominee has visited Hampton Roads several times in 2016 — as well as 2015 — including a Presidential Forum at Regent hosted by founder and televangelist Pat Robertson.

Saturday’s event also comes more than a week after there were reports that Trump’s campaign was leaving Virginia.

A local campaign staffer told 8News affiliate WAVY that resources were moved from the Commonwealth to other states, including North Carolina. GOP sources told CNN Oct. 17 that Trump is still competing in Virginia.

Regent says it reached out to all candidates on the ballot in Virginia, offering them access to the campus for a rally. Trump was reportedly the first candidate to respond.

The rally is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., with security checkpoints opening at 12 p.m.

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