- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

LYNDEN, Wash. (AP) - The Latest on Donald Trump campaign rallies in Washington state (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

Authorities say three protesters were arrested after they blocked a road in northwest Washington trying to keep Donald Trump from speaking at a campaign rally.

Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said two females and one male were cited for disorderly conduct and released.

Protesters briefly blocked the northbound lanes of State Route 539 into Lynden before authorities started clearing the roadway.

The likely GOP nominee’s motorcade used a different route into the Northwest Washington Fair & Event Center in Lynden for the second Trump rally in Washington state Saturday.

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4:32 p.m.

Authorities say “a small number of arrests” were made after protesters blocked a road in northwest Washington trying to keep Donald Trump from speaking at a campaign rally.

The likely GOP nominee’s motorcade used a different route into the Northwest Washington Fair & Event Center in Lynden, Washington, for the second Trump rally in Washington state Saturday.

Whatcom Unified Emergency Management announced the arrests on Twitter but did not immediately provide an exact number.

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4:10 p.m.

A group of protesters blocked a road near where Donald Trump was to speak in northwest Washington, hoping to keep him from reaching the venue.

However the likely GOP nominee’s motorcade used a different route into the Northwest Washington Fair & Event Center in Lynden, Washington, for the second Trump rally in Washington state Saturday.

The protesters blocked the northbound lanes of State Route 539 into Lynden before authorities started clearing the roadway.

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2:45 p.m.

Protesters shouting “Love Trumps Hate” greeted supporters of Donald Trump before the likely GOP presidential nominee’s second rally in Washington state.

Thousands of people streamed into the Northwest Washington Fair & Event Center in Lynden, Washington, Saturday afternoon and roughly an hour before Trump was supposed to speak authorities started limiting access as the venue neared capacity.

Many protesters outside spoke out against Trump’s rhetoric and policy stances regarding women, Hispanics and Muslims, including his plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Maria de Jesus Lozano, 63, speaking Spanish, told a translator she drove from Tacoma to protest Trump’s visit because she said Trump is a racist and his policies would hurt minorities.

Supporters said they liked what they heard from the New York businessman.

Mike Scholten, 29, said Trump isn’t a politician and he appreciated that Trump paid for part of his own campaign because it doesn’t make him beholden to outside interests.

Earlier Saturday Trump addressed supporters in Spokane.

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1:00 p.m.

Donald Trump blamed trade agreements for manufacturing job losses and said he’d win the state of Washington in November as he addressed supporters in Spokane.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also asked security to remove a protester as he spoke at the Spokane Convention Center, the first of his two Washington state campaign stops Saturday.

Trump said he’d return to the Northwest during the campaign “because we are going to take the state of Washington.”

The last time a Republican won Washington, a reliably blue state in presidential elections, was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

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11: 45 a.m.

Washington State University football coach Mike Leach spoke to Donald Trump supporters at the Spokane Convention Center, saying he endorses the presumptive GOP presidential.

Leach, who said he was speaking for himself and not WSU, said “it’s time for Mr. Trump to assist us together in our country…making America great again.”

Leach said he had been friends with the New York businessman for about a decade.

Trump was due to speak at noon Saturday and had a 3 p.m. rally scheduled on the other side of Washington state in Lynden.

10:25 a.m.

The dozens of protesters gathered outside the Spokane Convention Center were outnumbered by supporters of Donald Trump who lined up early for the presumptive GOP presidential candidate’s rally in the northeastern Washington city.

One woman, 38-year-old Erin McLaughlin of Spokane, was denied entry to the event. McLaughlin, who was wearing a white halo on her head, said Trump staff wouldn’t let her in because she wasn’t a supporter. McLaughlin said she opposes Trump’s incendiary speech, which she says makes people feel unsafe.

Another protester, 30-year-old Blaine Dan McLay, wore a “Stop Trump” hat. McLay said Trump’s ideas “make no sense” and he’s “xenophobic, misogynistic and racist.”

But there were far more backers of the New York businessman gathering in downtown Spokane.

Mike Fagen, a Spokane City Councilman, said he likes Trump because the New York businessman rattled the Democratic Republican establishment.

And 40-year-old Jason Flowers of Spokane said he liked Trump’s “honesty.”

Trump was due to speak at noon and had a 3 p.m. rally scheduled on the other side of Washington state in Lynden.

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7:05 a.m.

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has scheduled rallies in Spokane and Lynden ahead of Washington’s primary election later this month.

Trump will speak at the Spokane Convention Center at noon on Saturday. An afternoon rally in Lynden, 100 miles north of Seattle, is to kick off at 3 p.m.

On Friday night Trump greeted thousands of supporters in Eugene, Oregon. Hundreds of protesters also gathered outside the event.

Trump’s likely spot at the top of the GOP ticket has caused a rift in the state Republican party in the run up to the May 24 primary. On Thursday, GOP Senate candidate Chris Vance said he wouldn’t vote for Trump. Several other Republicans in the state have also said they can’t support Trump, including Sen. Steve Litzow, who posted a statement to his Facebook page saying a Trump presidency “would be detrimental to our nation’s spirit.”

Republican Sen. Don Benton, Trump’s state campaign chairman, says opposition to Trump comes from the Republican establishment pushing back against a candidate that won’t serve special interests.

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