If this week’s schedule is any indication of presidential hopeful Ben Carson‘s feelings, there’s no denying: He loves Alabama. A frequent visitor to the Yellowhammer state, the 2016 GOP hopeful is poised to make yet another effort in the state this week when he dials-in as a special guest on conference call with the Alabama Republican Party on Thursday where he will address Alabama Republican State and County Party members, elected officials and grassroots activists. While many candidates put Alabama on the back-burner of their campaign, this is Carson’s second campaign effort just this week.
Saturday, Carson was in Birmingham at the Gridiron Men’s Conference, a Christian conference for men with more than 6,500 attendees hailing from 15 different states that filled the Legacy Arena. There, Carson focused on his ideas of how he’d run the country and his faith, encouraging attendees with a message that “America is still is a place of great dreams.”
Saturday’s trip was Carson’s third to the state in the past two months, since launching his campaign in May. You can be sure there will be more to come as his efforts in the state are paying off. Just last month he won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll with 25.4 percent of the vote, demonstrating his popularity among Southern conservative grassroots activists.
Now that Alabama has joined the early March “SEC primary,” a reference to the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference which includes other states such as Florida, Texas, and Virginia, Carson and other presidential hopefuls are likely to make more frequent stops in the state in the coming months.