While focusing on caucus states like Iowa and New Hampshire, the Republican and Democrat frontrunners in the race for president, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, will both be in the Gulf Coast area in January.
Trump will appear in Biloxi this Saturday, Jan. 2, for an event at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. He has a 7 p.m. appearance planned. Free tickets are being distribited by the Trump campaign. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
Details, such as how many tickets are available for the rally were not immediately available, but information on the arena’s website shows the venue has the capacity for up to 11,500 reserved seats and 15,000 festival seats, according to The Clarion Ledger newspaper.
Meantime, Clinton supporters are organizing a fundraiser for the former Secretary of State, in New Orleans on Jan. 19. An invitation lists Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his sister, former Sen. Mary Landrieu, as co-hosts, along with donors Frances and Calvin Fayard. The Fayards will host the event at their home. Donors can attend the private fundraiser with Clinton, by making a minimum $1,000 donation. Other donor levels include $2,700 (for a photo with the candidate), $10,000 and $27,000.
Louisiana’s presidential primary is March 5, 2016. Mississippi’s presidential primary is March 8, 2016.
Presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee and Bernie Sanders have all campaigned or hosted fundraisers in Louisiana in recent months.