Trump ups the ante in Arizona

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Donald Trump campaigns in Ohio. (Source: CNN) Donald Trump campaigns in Ohio. (Source: CNN)
Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for his father at ASU in Tempe. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for his father at ASU in Tempe. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Donald Trump is putting on the full-court press in Arizona during the final days of the election as it appears he's in jeopardy of losing the state and its 11 electoral votes.

On Thursday, the campaign dispatched Donald Trump, Jr. to the campus of Arizona State University in an effort to appeal to younger voters.

Several hundred people watched as Trump Jr. delivered a 20-minute speech in which he highlighted many of the themes from his father's campaign.

He spoke about what he believes are bad trade deals, the national debt and national security before making a direct pitch to younger voters.

"When you look at the problems that we have as a country, it's you guys, it's the millennial you guys who are going to get stick with this," Trump Jr. said.

But the biggest news came at the end when he announced his father is making another stop in the Valley on Saturday.

[RELATED: Is Trump returning to Phoenix? Campaign event reportedly set for Saturday]

This will mark Trump Sr.'s seventh appearance in the state since launching his presidential bid in June 2015.

And with polls showing Trump and Hillary Clinton running neck and neck in Arizona, it underscores how serious his campaign is taking the race, here.

Arizona has emerged as an unlikely battleground as the normally Republican-leaning state has gone Democrat once since 1948.

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