Several GOP presidential candidates plan to visit Alabama in the next week

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A handful of Republican presidential candidates have visited Alabama recently, and more plan campaign stops in the state in the coming week.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Dr. Ben Carson all have plans to bring their campaigns to the state.  Merrill has spoken with former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and business leader Carly Fiorina to schedule tentative visits.

Some of those candidates have already visited Alabama this campaign season, and Monday, Ohio Governor John Kasich appeared at a news conference in Birmingham to pick up Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's endorsement.

“When this many Presidential candidates are choosing to visit Alabama, it is proof the SEC Primary is working,” said Secretary Merrill. “I am proud to see our state receiving the attention it deserves, and I will continue my efforts to secure visits from presidential candidates. It is so important that Alabamians have the opportunity to interact with all candidates in order to learn who best reflects their views.

Merrill said Democratic Presidential candidates have been contacted for possible campaign stops in Alabama, but so far, no visits have been set.