Marco Rubio will make presidential campaign stop in Salem Friday

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign stop at the VFW, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Littleton, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign stop at the VFW, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Littleton, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) — Florida senator Marco Rubio will be the first Republican presidential candidate to make a campaign stop in the Mahoning Valley.

Rubio will announce his plans for the United States’ energy policy at BOC Water Hydraulics in Salem on Friday, according to his campaign event page.

The junior senator is one of the leading candidates in the race for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. Rubio is tied for third with former HP CEO Carly Fiorina in the latest national polling numbers from Pew Research Center, trailing front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Rubio’s visit to Salem could be a sign that the senator is preparing for a long campaign. The Republican campaign has so far been a long road show for candidates through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the first three states where voters will cast a ballot in February.

Ohio primary voters will not head to the polls until March 15, 2016. However, winning approval in the Buckeye State could be important for the eventual nominee, as no presidential candidate since 1960 has won the White House without winning the state of Ohio in the general election.

People interested in attending Rubio’s campaign event in Salem must register on the event page. Rubio is scheduled to speak at 2:30 p.m. at BOC Water Hydraulics, a manufacturing facility at 12024 Salem Warren Road. The plant is at the intersection of State Route 165 and State Route 45, near Quaker City Motorsports Park.

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