Donald Trump Seen Drawing Estimated 40k Crowd in Alabama

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is expected to speak to an estimated 40k people at a jam-packed football stadium in Mobile, Alabama, tonight, according to campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks.

  • The billionaire candidate is holding a rally at the 40k-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium, home of the Univ. of South Alabama Jaguars football team
  • Trump last week said the initial venue held 1k, but “wasn’t big enough,” forcing the campaign to find a larger space
  • NOTE: Alabama is among several states set to hold 2016 presidential nominating contests on March 1, known as “Super Tuesday;” this year, it also marks the so-called SEC Primary, named after the SEC Conference of NCAA athletics and part of push to give Southern voters more sway
    • Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, N.C. and Virginia among other southern states set to hold March 1 primaries, making their voters among the 1st in country to weigh in on their preferred Democratic and GOP nominees
  • NOTE: In 2012, former Sen. Rick Santorum won the Alabama and Mississippi GOP presidential primaries, buoyed by evangelical Christians, anti-abortion rights activists and home-schooling parents
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