Rick Perry visiting Corona del Mar on Thursday

Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry will visit Roger's Gardens in Corona del Mar for a GOP rally Thursday morning before hustling off to a private fundraiser.

The Texas governor and presumed GOP front-runner is scheduled to be at Roger's Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with more than 1,000 Republican volunteers.

To guarantee a parking spot, each vehicle must have at least three passengers, according to the Republican Party of Orange County's website.

The appearance will come on the heels of Perry's first national debate appearance as a presidential candidate Wednesday night, where he was scheduled to face off against other hopefuls at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

Only weeks after officially launching his bid for president, Perry has polled at the top of the GOP field in recent surveys. He has polled above former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who topped the Iowa straw poll last month.

— Joseph Serna

Twitter: @josephserna

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