Local Party Leaders Explain Impact Of Trump’s Visit

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)-- Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is set to visit the Natural State on Wednesday (Feb. 3).

Trump previously visited Hot Springs in July 2014. Tyler Clark with the Washington County Democratic Party said the Natural State has been attracting big political names like Trump because of the earlier-than-usual primary.

"We're part of the super Tuesday sweep with about 10 states that will have primaries on March 1," Clark said. "So we'll see a lot more presidential candidates come and go."

He said he thinks Trump will see support during his visit.

"We know there's going to be supporters for Mr. Trump," Clark said. "I just think that they really need to listen closely to what he has to say, he's a lot of flash not a lot of substance."

Will Hansen is the chairman of NWA Young Republicans. He said because Trump is a front runner with a big personality, he's getting more people involved in the election.

"This year more than ever we've seen a lot of people just getting involved in politics for one reason or the other," Hansen said. "Whether they're for him or against him, he is definitely a polarizing figure and it's getting people engaged in the whole process."

Hansen said he thinks the Iowa caucus is going to play a big role in how many people turn out to Trump's event in Little Rock. He will be in Iowa on Monday (Feb. 1).

"If he wins big, then I think people will be really excited for him to come, but if he loses or doesn't have a great showing, I think just with his whole brand of being the best and being awesome and stuff, I think that would hurt him," Hansen said.

Trump's event in Little Rock will be at the Barton Coliseum at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

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