Local voters have one last chance to see the leading candidate for the Republican nomination before Saturday’s GOP primary.
Donald Trump is scheduled to host a town hall in Gaffney on Thursday, two days before South Carolina voters decide if he has their support to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.
Trump will host a town hall at the Broad River Electric Cooperative building, 811 Hamrick St., at 5:30 p.m. Free tickets for the event are available online. Doors open at 4 p.m.
Trump, with his unusual insurgent campaign for the GOP nomination, has consistently drawn some of the largest crowds in the race for events that have blended a rock concert atmosphere with politics. An appearance in Rock Hill last month drew 6,500 people to Winthrop Coliseum.
The New York real estate mogul has only two events – both on the S.C. coast – scheduled for Friday, at Myrtle Beach and North Charleston.
Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, will hold a town hall in Rock Hill at the same time as Trump’s Gaffney appearance. Bush will speak in the Magnolia Room, 4017 Laurel Creek Drive.
Bush, who often has clashed with Trump during presidential debates, has struggled to break through this campaign season, falling behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and his one-time protege, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Bush hopes South Carolina’s population of military veterans and conservatives concerned about national security will boost his campaign ahead of Saturday’s primary election.
Both Bush and Trump will have to speak fast. They also are scheduled to appear in a CNN town hall debate in Columbia at 8 p.m. that evening.