By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, October 19, 2019, presidential candidates Hillary R. Clinton (D) and Donald J. Trump (R) will face each other for the last debate of the 2016 presidential election in Los Vegas, Nevada: a state that is essential to both candidate’s presidential ambitions. Both Democrats and Republicans will be holding debate watch parties in Birmingham on Wednesday night.
The Alabama Young Democrats announced that: “Hillary for Alabama is partnering with the Alabama Young Democrats to bring you a night at the theatre, premiering The Final Debate, at the historic Carver Theatre in the heart of downtown Birmingham. The event is FREE and open to the public. The theatre concession stand will be open to attendees, serving popcorn, candy, and a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.”
VIP seating in the balcony and sponsorship opportunities are available. The VIP area will have an open wine bar and hors d’oeuvres, plus premium seating in the Carver Theatre balcony.
Hillary for Birmingham announced that Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley will be their special guest at the event as will Javan Patton the Democratic candidate for Jefferson County Circuit Judge.
The Democratic Party event begins at 7:00 PM. The Carver Theatre is at 1631 4th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203. To RSVP go to www.Alayoungdems.com
The Greater Birmingham Republican Women are also holding a debate watch party. Theirs will be at Superior Grill at 4701 Highway 280 in North Shelby County.
The televised debate starts at 8:00 pm but the buffet provided by Superior Grill will be out during social hour prior to the debate.
The Greater Birmingham Republican Women are partnering with the Alabama Minority GOP and the ALConservativeGroup.
The ALCOnservativeGroup said in a statement on Facebook: “We need to PACK THE HOUSE!! FREE Appetizers – THANK YOU Superior Grill.” “Many thanks to the Greater Birmingham Republican Women, Jefferson County Republican Party and the Alabama Minority GOP – Birmingham Chapter for joining with us to hold this event!”
This debate will be at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and will be moderated by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
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The election will be on November 8.