ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The eyes of the political world will be on Atlanta starting Friday. A dozen or so presidential hopefuls will be stalking a Buckhead hotel looking for support from Georgia voters and some favorable exposure from conservative activists.
This will come on the heels of tonight's GOP debates, following which many of the candidates will make a beeline for Atlanta -- for an event called the RedState Gathering.
"RedState has turned itself into one of the premier conservative outlets," said Jason Pye, who works with a think tank called Freedom Works. "It has a huge following." It's organized by Erick Erickson, the Macon-based founder of a popular political blog, redstate.com
Pye will be among the many panelists at this weekend's RedState gathering – a forum unlikely to traffic in political moderation, says previous attendee Charlie Harper.
"The right wing of the right wing," Harper said, describing the events political outlook. "At times, evangelical; at times, very anti establishment; at times, (they) just want to burn the house down. You'll get a little bit of everything."
And everything will include an impressive parade of GOP presidential hopefuls -- from establishment moderates like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker – to rising stars like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio – to that billionaire everybody seems to be talking about, regardless of whether they like him.
"You're going to have Donald Trump," Pye noted of the New York billionaire who leads the GOP polls and will lend some star power to the event Saturday. "Hey, I have no intention of ever voting for the guy, but I'd take a selfie with him. Just sayin'."