Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich will return to the Yellowhammer state next week in hopes of wooing SEC primary voters.
Governor Kasich will be at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Mobile (605 Dauphin St.) for a rally at 5 p.m. Tuesday. During the event, Kasich will present his petition and filing fee to Republican Chairwoman Terry Lathan and make his pitch as to why Alabamians should cast their ballots for him in March. Kasich was last in Alabama in August, when he was endorsed by Gov. Robert Bentley.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Kasich’s upcoming visit in a news release Wednesday morning. Along with several other southeastern states, the Alabama Legislature passed a bill to move Alabama’s presidential primary to March 1 in what is now being referred to as the SEC Primary.
“We’re excited to welcome Governor Kasich back in Alabama! With the assistance and full support of the Alabama Legislature, one of the most significant things we have done in the Secretary of State’s Office is change the primary date to March 1,” Merrill said. “Since the March primary legislation passed, two of the top Democratic candidates and seven of the top Republican candidates have made campaign stops in Alabama, which is unheard of for our state. When Presidential candidates are choosing to visit and re-visit Alabama, it is proof the SEC Primary is working.”
Other candidates who have visited Alabama recently include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Donald Trump and before bowing out of the race Gov. Scott Walker.