President Barack Obama is hoping to set some fundraising records as he makes his way to Texas on Tuesday, with a little help from his friends.
Actress Eva Longoria, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzales (D-Texas) will be hosting a fundraising event for Obama at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.
“It’s clear that President Obama has strong support in the San Antonio area,” said Castro, according to My San Antonio. “There’s been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm since he visited in 2007,” he added.
According to KXAN, the event is expected to raise $3-4 million, a new record for the President. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney set his record in San Antonio last month with $3 million.
More than 1,200 guests are expected at the event, with tickets starting at $250.
“There was a strong vote for [Obama] in 2008. He carried the county easily, and there’s continuing confidence in his leadership today,” said Castro. “That’s reflected in the sizable turnout for the event on Tuesday,” he added.
See what Eva is tweeting from the event.
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) July 17, 2012
Eva continued her support for President Obama at a second San Antonio private fundraiser at The Dominion Country Club. The event was held at a private, indoor basketball court at the home of attorney Mikal Watts.
“Although Texas is not quite yet a battleground state, the issues that we face in this country are just as relevant,” said President Obama, according to NBC News.
The President continued to claim he is optimistic about this upcoming “close election.”