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Rick Santorum will bring his surging GOP presidential campaign to Tacoma-Olympia on Monday

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Feb. 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
February 10, 2012 5:45 pm

The former Pennsylvania senator will hold several events, one public, when he visits Washington state on Monday.

Andrea Innes, a state committeewoman from Pierce County, said the state party has notified party officials that Rick Santorum will lead a rally at 7 p.m. at the Washington History Museum in downtown Tacoma beginning at 7 p.m.

Rick Santorum speaks to Conservative Political Action Conference Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Beforehand he will have a closed meeting with state party officials including members of the state committee, Innes said. The even is free and open to the public.

Santorum will also be in Olympia earlier Monday but none of those events will be open to the general public.

State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said Santorum will meet in Olympia about 3 p.m. with Republican legislative leaders. Before that he will meet with “values voters” at a closed meeting in Olympia.

Kirby also confirmed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will raise money March 1 in Bellevue and is likely to have a public event as well. He has heard there is a possibility that other GOP candidates Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich will campaign before the March 3 precinct caucuses.

Innes also said the Pierce County GOP will hold its annual Lincoln Day event Saturday beginning at 11:15 at the La Quinta Inn in Tacoma. Likely Republican nominee for governor Rob McKenna and Wilbur will headline the event.

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