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Vice President Pence plans visit to metro-east on Thursday

Vice President Mike Pence, left, will be featured at a campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Mike Bost from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in O’Fallon.
Vice President Mike Pence, left, will be featured at a campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Mike Bost from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in O’Fallon.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to stop in O’Fallon next week for a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Mike Bost.

The event is scheduled for 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the O’Fallon Regency Conference Center, said Dustin Rhodes, the campaign manager for Bost, a Murphysboro Republican. The event is closed to the press.

The visit to O’Fallon comes on the same day Pence is scheduled to be in downtown St. Louis to discuss the recent tax cuts signed by President Donald Trump.

Bost, who represents the 12th Congressional District, is being challenged in the midterm elections by Democratic St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. The race is considered a toss-up.

O’Fallon Police referred questions to Pence’s office.

Pence’s visit is sure to attract demonstrators, such as what happened when President Trump visited St. Charles last year.

The Invisible Bluecoats, a progressive group working to flip the 12th Congressional District to a Democrat, announced its plans Friday to protest outside the Regency along Greenmount Road.

“Vice President Mike Pence and Rep. Mike Bost claim to be pro-life and pro-family, but rather than working to reunite families on the border, they’re holding a high-priced, closed-door fundraiser,” the group said in a news release.

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