Other candidates in recent months have also stopped in the region, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, and Vivek Ramaswamy.
Nikki Haley and Tim Scott, both from the state, have also held events there. No one brought out as large a crowd as Trump. Temperatures reportedly approached the 90s in the small town on the day of the rally.
Pickens, SC is a small, conservative community with about 3,400 residents. The police chief of the small town told the Associated Press that the crowd coming exceeded 50,000.
"There’s nowhere else I’d rather be to kick off the Fourth of July weekend than right here on Main Street, with thousands of hardworking South Carolina patriots who believe in God, family and country,” Trump said on Saturday in Pickens.
The rally in Pickens was the second large rally of his 2024 campaign after having one in Waco, Texas in March.
The former president's 2024 approach has been different compared to 2020 and 2016. As opposed to holding many larger rallies, Trump has been hosting many smaller, invite-only, events for Republican party organizations.
Unannounced restaurant stops have also become a staple of his campaign strategy alongside the decrease in large events.
Despite this, the rally drew thousands across the region. Some attendees came from as far as Florida.
Greg Pressley, a supporter from Tennessee, drove several hours to attend the event. "I love his policies. I love the man. I’m here to support him getting back to where he needs to be, to begin with," Pressley said.
Shelley Fox from Spartanburg, SC, also spoke about her support of Trump. "I'd write him in," she said in regard to if she was forced to consider voting for someone else.
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