HAPPENING TODAY: Dr. Ben Carson makes campaign stop in Alabama

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Mobile, Ala. – Thursday, Alabama will welcome yet another presidential candidate.

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson will speak at a free campaign rally at the University of South Alabama from 4:00-5:00 p.m. followed by a fundraiser event at a private residence.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $500 per ticket, $1,000 for VIP and $2,700 per host committee person and are available on Dr. Carson’s website.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill released this statement about Carson’s visit:

“Candidates that continue to visit our state are proof that the SEC Primary is real and working,” said Secretary Merrill. “With the assistance and full support of the Alabama Legislature, one of the most significant things we have done in the Secretary of State’s Office is change the primary date to March 1. Since the March primary legislation passed, the top two Democratic candidates and seven of the top Republican candidates have made campaign stops in Alabama, which is unheard of for our state. Our state has a strong voice, and it is being heard through the SEC Primary! As Secretary of State, I will continue to position Alabama and the South as a place where Presidential candidates are willing to make an effort to visit and meet our remarkable people.”

Dr. Carson visited Alabama in August during a luncheon in the Montgomery area.

Alabama recently saw visits from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.