published Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich coming to Chattanooga for rally Monday


by Chris Carroll
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will bring his Southern strategy to Chattanooga for a Monday evening rally at Lovell Field.

An advisor for Gingrich said the rally would begin at 7 p.m. It’s scheduled two days after Herman Cain and one of Gingrich’s daughters are expected to stump for the former House speaker at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

Gingrich also will be visiting Kingsport and Knoxville Monday, which is the day before 10 states, including Tennessee and Georgia, vote on “Super Tuesday.”

He campaigned in Dalton on Tuesday hours after a $1,000-a-head, invitation-only breakfast fundraiser at the Chattanooga Choo Choo that drew about 20 donors and dignitaries.

Gingrich has made Georgia the centerpiece of his Super Tuesday strategy, spending this week in the Peach State. Georgia has 76 delegates at stake — the most of any of the 10 states hosting “Super Tuesday” presidential primaries. Tennessee has 58 delegates.

Polls show Gingrich ahead in his political home state of Georgia, but in Tennessee he’s behind former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Santorum also has made stops in Chattanooga and Dalton within the last week.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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