Jeb Bush leads off 6 Republican presidential candidates visiting Mackinac Island this weekend

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By: Associated Press

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is leading off a half-dozen presidential candidates who plan to attend Michigan Republicans’ weekend gathering on Mackinac Island.

Bush is scheduled to speak on Friday night to the conference of 2,200 people. Five other contenders will deliver remarks Saturday.

The three-day Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference starts days after 11 leading GOP candidates participated in a marathon debate. Besides Bush, others campaigning on the northern Michigan island include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Michigan’s presidential primary election is six months away.