Plans shape up for presidential hopefuls' state stops

Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump (center) speaks as fellow candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (left), R-Fla., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, look on Thursday during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston.
Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump (center) speaks as fellow candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (left), R-Fla., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, look on Thursday during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston.

Plans solidified Thursday for appearances by four presidential candidates making last-minute stops in Arkansas before Tuesday's primaries.






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GOP hopefuls Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz all announced plans for at least one stop in the state before the election. Rubio's campaign detailed two stops, while Cruz's campaign announced plans for two events but left details pending.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and first lady of the U.S. and of Arkansas, will appear Sunday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and at a to-be-determined time in Little Rock, the state director of her party said.

Trump, a businessman and the front-runner in the Republican delegate count, will arrive Saturday. Doors open at 10 a.m. for a rally at the Regional Jet Center hangar on Corporate Drive, at the north end of Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill. Security screening to enter the hangar will begin at 9 a.m.

"Due to the dramatic increase in traffic for this event, all XNA passengers with departing flights on Saturday morning are encouraged to arrive to the airport at least two hours prior to their scheduled flight," an announcement from the airport advised.

Those wishing to attend the event are asked by the campaign to register at www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/. The rally is expected to last about an hour, according to airport officials.

Cruz's campaign plans a rally Saturday in central Arkansas, but the time and location had not been announced by Thursday afternoon.

Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, will arrive at 9:30 p.m. Saturday for a rally at Immanuel Baptist Church's Global Outreach Center in Rogers. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who has endorsed Rubio, will attend. The Rubio campaign requests attendees register at marcorubio.com/events/. Registration at the door will be limited, the campaign website says. The rally is scheduled to last 45 minutes.

Cruz's campaign also announced plans to attend worship services at Cross Church of Springdale at 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning. This is a public event and, as of Thursday, the Texas senator's campaign has not posted any registration link or announcement on the campaign website. A campaign spokesman confirmed the event will take place and so has the church.

Rubio is also scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. Monday at the University of Central Arkansas' indoor practice facility. Hutchinson is also expected to attend that rally. Registration requirements are the same as for Rubio's other events.

As of Thursday afternoon, neither of the two other GOP contenders, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson of Baltimore, had announced plans to visit the state.

Clinton rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., has not announced any Arkansas campaign stops.

A Section on 02/26/2016

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