Pence visits O’Fallon to support Mike Bost

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to Republican supporters at the Regency Conference Center in O'Fallon, Illinois

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to Republican supporters at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, Illinois














Vice President Mike Pence was in O’Fallon today to headline a political fundraiser for Congressman Mike Bost and the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.

Around 200 Republican supporters began to gather at the Regency Conference Center around 1:30 pm. A small group of protesters also gathered in front of the conference center with signs, banners, and one protester holding a Russian flag.

Pence was scheduled to arrive at 2:30 but was running about 40 minutes late from a rally he spoke at in St. Louis for Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley. Hawley, a Republican, is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill.

The Vice Presidential motorcade caused some minor traffic disruptions along I-64 and Green Mount Rd. Police blocked off several interstate ramps and stopped traffic 10 minutes prior to the motorcade arriving.

Inside the event, Congressman Mike Bost spoke briefly before introducing the Vice President. Bost told the crowd that he never imagined that he would be introducing the Vice President of the United States and it was a great honor. He said that he learned the Vice President would be visiting O’Fallon about 10 days ago and he thanked his staff and volunteers for working around the clock to make this a successful event. Bost did not say exactly how much the event raised but he said that it “met and exceeded their expectations.”

Pence took most of his time to talk about the importance of re-electing Mike Bost. He said that the 12th congressional is a swing district and they were going to have to work hard to make sure Mike Bost gets re-elected.

On a lighter side, Pence recalled learning that he would be Trump’s vice presidential running mate in 2016. “I picked up the phone and it was Donald Trump. He said Mike ‘This is going to be great.'”

Congressman Bost, who represents the Illinois 12th congressional district, is being challenged this year by St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. Kelly won the Democrat nomination in the general primary on March 20. This congressional race is considered one of the top 50 competitive congressional races this year. The Cook Political Report ranks the district as a toss up and Inside Elections ranks the district as lean Republican.

Our previous article about this event can be found here.