Former President Bill Clinton is set to be in Tempe on Wednesday for a "Get Out the Vote Early! Rally" for Democrat Richard Carmona's U.S. Senate campaign.

Carmona, 62, is a former U.S. surgeon general, combat veteran and doctor who faces Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake and Libertarian Marc Victor in the general election Nov. 6.

The winner will replace Jon Kyl, the Senate's Republican whip who is retiring after 18 years in office.

Carmona's campaign office received word last week that Clinton was interested in coming to show support and participate in a rally for Carmona, Andy Barr, Carmona's communications director, said Sunday.

"We pulled it together. President Clinton is very well thought of in this state," said Barr, noting that he carried Arizona in 1996. President Harry Truman was the only other Democrat to do so - in 1948.

"We are very excited and Carmona's supporters are very excited," Barr said. He said more than 1,000 people have registered for the event, and organizers are expecting between 5,000 to 10,000 people to attend.

The gates open at 8 p.m. and the program is from 9 to 10 p.m. at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Performance Lawn, 650 S. Athletes Place. The get-out-the-vote rally is hosted by ASU Young Democrats.

Early voting in Arizona begins Thursday.

Folks who want to attend the rally, which is free and open to the public, must register at

Once a person registers, then ticket pickup locations will be provided. Information is also at

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