SHARONVILLE, Ohio — GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is coming to the Tri-State on Tuesday.
Carson, nationally renowned as a prominent physician before entering the political spotlight, will stop by two free rallies on Tuesday before speaking at this year’s “Viva La Vita” event, an annual fundraiser event hosted by Dayton Right to Life.
Carson makes the second presidential hopeful to visit the region within a month, following Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton’s visit to Cincinnati on September 10.
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Carson will start his tour day at the Sharonville Convention Center, just off Interstate 75 at 11355 Chester Road. That event is slated to start around 11 a.m. The event is free, but tickets are required and can be attained online at www.bencarson.com.
The next stop is in Green County at Cedarville University at 2 p.m. Tickets are also required for this free rally.
Carson will speak at the University of Dayton Arena at 7 p.m. as part of the "Viva La Vita" fundraiser. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the University of Dayton ticket office.
Carson has surged ahead in recent GOP polls, taking hold of the second-place spot following front-runner Donald Trump.
Associated Press analyst Steve Peoples viewed Carson’s performance as neither unfavorable nor outstanding in the GOP's second primary debate Wednesday night, saying he maintained a positive outlook in line with his image as “the GOP’s most likable candidate.”
“Real leadership is what I would hopefully bring to America,” Carson said.
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Ultimately, though, the consensus was that Carson’s presence Wednesday night did not capitalize on the recent surge in popularity, falling relatively silent behind some of the party’s more outspoken candidates.
The next known GOP presidential hopeful to be in the area is former Sen. Rick Santorum who is slated to be at the Sept. 28 Hamilton County Republican Party TCV Committee Event at the Sharonville Convention Center.
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