Donald Trump plans rally in Baton Rouge Thursday, his first major campaign appearance in Louisiana _lowres

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with members of the media after a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a rally at the Baton Rouge River Center this week.

Trump, who leads most national polls on the race for the GOP nomination, has been drawing thousands of people to his rallies, including one recently in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The Baton Rouge event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets can be obtained

This will be Trump’s first major campaign appearance in Louisiana. He recently announced a Louisiana campaign team that includes Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta and former State Rep. Woody Jenkins as his Louisiana chairmen, and Jeff Crouere and Brian Trascher as state co-chairs.

The River Center previously has hosted to Trump’s Miss USA pageant. Mired in controversy, Trump skipped last year’s pageant to campaign in Phoenix.

Trump came in at second place in this week’s Iowa caucuses. He’s leading the polls on Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.