Donald Trump announces Louisiana presidential campaign leaders _lowres

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to a crowd during a campaign stop Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Claremont, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Former New Orleans City Councilman Jay Batt has been tapped to chair Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Louisiana campaign team.

Batt, who serves as chairman of the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee, was on the City Council from 2002 to 2006.

Trump also has named Tim Breaux of Lafayette and Wayne Ryan of Alexandria to serve as co-chairs of his state campaign. Last month, the Trump campaign announced that Ryan Lambert would serve as its state director. Lambert recently worked on Congressman Garret Graves’ 6th District campaign.

“We already have tremendous grassroots support across the state of Louisiana and with the help of Ryan and our Leadership team we will continue to build a top-tier operation,” Trump said in a statement. “I look forward to visiting soon and sharing my vision to Make America Great Again!”

Trump recently held a rally in Biloxi, Mississippi, that drew an estimated 15,000 attendees.

Several presidential candidates have been eyeing Louisiana’s March 5 primary.

Among them: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio recently held a fundraiser in New Orleans; former President George W. Bush hosted a fundraiser for his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in New Orleans; Dr. Ben Carson held a fundraiser in New Orleans and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Louisiana-born wife stumped for him here.

On the Democratic side, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have made stops in Louisiana.


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