Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's Phoenix event had to be moved to a larger venue to accommodate a much larger crowd than his campaign originally anticipated.
The Tuesday event in Arizona was set to be at Grace Community Church, which holds 2,300 people, but his campaign had to change venues to a room at the Phoenix Convention Center that can hold 6,000 people, The Arizona Republic reported.
Senior Carson campaign strategist Ed Brookover told the Republic that the interest in the event was "beyond even what we had hoped for. We think that’s partly because since the debate a lot more people have become aware of Dr. Carson and his message."
The crowds at Carson's campaign stops in Iowa have also grown, Brookover said.
Fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump
also had to move his Arizona rally in July to a larger venue due to increased popularity.
While in Arizona, Carson was scheduled to visit the U.S.-Mexico border and meet with local law enforcement officials to discuss immigration problems at the border.
"Immigration is a leading issue in the country and very important to our economic growth," Brookover told the Republic. "Dr. Carson wanted to hear from some of the local experts that deal with immigration on a daily basis."
A recent Fox News national poll
showed Carson in second place behind Trump.
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