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LAS CRUCES — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s southern New Mexico rally will be held in Sunland Park, the Barack Obama campaign has announced.

Also, further details are available about Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s scheduled visit to Mesilla on Saturday.

According to the Obama campaign, Clinton will host an event at Elena Memorial Plaza, 101 Meadow Vista Blvd., in Sunland Park.

Gates open at 1 p.m., and the program begins at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Still, the Obama campaign is encouraging attendees to RSVP at

According to the McCain campaign, tickets will be required to attend, but won’t guarantee entry into the event.

Tickets are available on a first-come basis at four locations, including the Las Cruces McCain office and the Doña Ana County Republican Party headquarters. They’ll be distributed at those two offices today through Saturday.

Gates to event, set for the Mesilla plaza, open at 2 p.m., and the program begins at 3:30 p.m.

In addition to McCain and Clinton, Obama plans a visit to Albuquerque on Saturday.