It’s too early to predict how Donald Trump will fare in the Iowa Caucuses, much less the Super Tuesday primaries that include Alabama, but if the interest in his campaign appearance in Mobile tomorrow is any indication, he has far more fans than Mitt Romney did when he came to town in March 2012. In an 11th-hour appearance before the state’s 2012 primary, Romney held a breakfast rally at the Whistle Stop café on Florida Street, alongside “blue collar” comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
The weather was less than ideal, but the rally only drew about 100 supporters and a few dozen media members. Trump on the other hand, is expected to appear before at least 20,000 people at Ladd-Peebles Stadium Aug. 21 after organizers announced a change of venue from the Mobile Civic Center due to high demand.
Romney, who went on to become the Republican presidential nominee, finished third in Alabama behind Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. In the general election of course, he was soundly defeated by Democratic incumbent Barack Obama, 332 delegates to 206.