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People arrive hours early for Ted Cruz presidential campaign rally in Perry

Video: Doors open and supporter talks about the candidate at Ted Cruz rally in Perry

Seats filled quickly with supporters and others as the doors opened at 2 p.m.
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Seats filled quickly with supporters and others as the doors opened at 2 p.m.

People started arriving more than two hours early Saturday for the Ted Cruz presidential campaign rally in Perry.

The Cruz to Victory Rally is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Miller-Murphy-Howard Building at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter.

Roberta and John Magnasco arrived about noon. She is an active volunteer in the local Cruz campaign at home in Valdosta and volunteered to help with the rally in Perry.

Some people arrived more than two hours early for a rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter on Saturday.

"We're here to support him and to show that Georgia stands with Ted Cruz and that we will do whatever can to make sure that people are aware of who he is and to get them out to vote," she said.

She said she's supported Cruz since the day he announced.

"He's honest," she said. "He tells the truth. He speaks to the truth and he will fight to defend the Constitution ... and he knows what's at stake in this election.

"And this is the tipping point for our country, and we need someone with Constitutional background and with integrity," she said. "Today what he says is the same as what he said yesterday and what he will say tomorrow."

Bill Hall of Milner also arrived shortly after noon. He was passing out Cruz bumper stickers in the parking lot.

"Well, I believe Ted Cruz is a good Christian man, and when I vote, I vote from my heart," he said. "I vote according to Biblical principles.

"And I think he's the best man that's thrown his hat in the ring ... I believe he's an honest man -- as honest as he can be as a politician," said Hall. "But I believe when he says he'll do something that he honestly tries his very best to do it."

Hall said he and his wife, Carolyn, arrived early so they could get as close they could "to see Ted and to hear him speak."

The event building is capable of seating about 500 people, with room for about 500 more to stand.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559, or find her on Twitter@becpurser.

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