Former President Donald Trump has officially announced that the first rally he plans to hold in 2022 will be in the all-important swing state of Arizona.
Trump went on to say that the rally, scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, will be held at the Country Thunder Festival Grounds in Florence, Arizona.
The former president is heading to the Grand Canyon State after having lost the state to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election by little more than 10,000 votes. It was just the second time — Bill Clinton in 1996 was the other — since 1952 that the state voted for a Democrat in a presidential election.
A Republican-backed review of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest county, ended without proof that the election was stolen.
Politico reported late last month that Trump led Biden by 8 percentage points in Arizona.
Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who leads in a recent poll, indicated on Twitter that she’ll be at the rally.
“President Trump is coming to Arizona! His first rally of 2022 will be in Florence, Arizona. Arizona can’t wait to see our favorite president,” Lake said in a tweet on Thursday.
Trump’s last visit to Arizona was also for a two-hour rally back in the summer. He had visited the state a total of seven times back in 2020 before the election, according to the Arizona Republic.