OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is bringing his campaign to Washington state a week ahead of the state’s Republican caucuses.

Gingrich and his wife, Callista, will be at rallies in Kennewick and Spokane on Thursday, and will cross the border into Idaho for a Coeur d’Alene rally Thursday night. On Friday, they’ll be in western Washington, visiting with Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol in the morning before heading to rallies in south King County and Everett.

Gingrich is in a crowded primary race with Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul. Santorum and Paul have both visited the state, and Romney is scheduled to visit on March 1, in advance of Washington state’s nonbinding straw poll caucus on March 3.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press


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