For the first time ever, the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention is sold out, and attendees are getting fired up for 2016, with speeches from potential Presidential candidates.
The group told Breitbart news that they’ve been overwhelmed by an unexpectedly high level of interest among activists statewide.
The event, which is taking place at a resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., includes overflow areas that will show videos of the speeches since the main ballroom only holds 700 people.
An estimated crowd of about 1,100 to 1,200 will hear speeches from Texas Senator and Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz.
Other speakers include real estate magnate Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
In previous years, the convention was limited to members of the grassroots Tea Party movement. This year they wanted a wider reach:
“This year, we decided that it’s not enough to just go out and vote. Americans need to take a more active role in their government. Therefore, we are providing a dozen training classes and opening up admission to the general public because they also need to hear the message we’ve been sending out for the past three years which is the reality and truth about what’s happening in America. All we hear is lies, deception and deceit from Washington, and we need to tear away the curtain of secrecy and let the American people know what’s really happening,” said Joe Dugan, the convention’s executive producer to Breitbart.