GOP hopeful Rubio plans stop in Easley

By D. C. Moody -


PICKENS COUNTY — Just days before the presidential primary in South Carolina, GOP candidate Marco Rubio will make an appearance in Pickens County to rally support in his bid for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Rubio, along with the entire field of GOP candidates, will be stumping across the state for the Feb. 20 primary with Easley High School the site of Rubio’s planned stop in Pickens County on Valentine’s Day.

South Carolina’s primary has become one of the leading primaries in choosing a Republican candidate.

Rep. Neal Collins of Easley, co-chairman for Rubio’s campaign in the Palmetto State along with Rep. Nathan Ballentine of Chapin, stated there were more than 375 to register for the event within the first two days of the announcement. He said he anticipates the numbers will continue to grow.

Collins also pointed out Rubio could be the only candidate to visit the county before the primary as well.

“I do think he will be the only candidate to stop in Pickens County to address some of the things that are on the minds of our local voters,” Collins said. “This is part of a 10-day tour and is a unique opportunity for folks in the area to come out and hear firsthand what he stands for and what the people can expect of him as a presidential candidate.”

It also could be an opportunity for more than just hearing a speech.

“This is only a few days before the primary, which is has become an extremely important primary in this election and could go a long way to determining who will get the Republican bid,” Collins said. “But there may be the opportunity to meet the candidate and have a photo taken. He will be speaking and taking questions, and is planning on shaking some hands and if the chance is there, taking some photos with supporters as well.”

Doors will open at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Easley High School auditorium. The event expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. The EHS basketball pep band will perform as well.

Those interested in attending the rally can register at


By D. C. Moody

Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.

Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.

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