Monday, January 30, 2012

On the GOP trail in primary stomp's last day

Most things are about politics today, as the top two GOP candidates make their last blitz through Florida for Tuesday's primary.

A last-minute West Coast visit from Newt Gingrich, as noted in Marc Masferrer's political blog, has us switching gears on reporters' assignments. In a partnership with the Miami Herald and our Washington bureau, we've committed the Bradenton Herald staff to cover from the Hillsborough border down to Fort Myers.

Yep, Newt picked Fort Myers on the last full day of campaigning before the presidential primary. So reporter Richard Dymond is heading that direction.

After a 1 p.m. event at Tampa International Airport, Gingrich will fly to a 3 p.m. rally in Fort Myers. From there, he will fly to Orlando for a "Crossing the Finish" line rally.

Follow Rich on Twitter at @RichardDymond and check for updates on polls and breaking news throughout the day.

Mitt Romney, who has not campaigned at all in Manatee or Sarasota during the past 10 days, will spend today in Jacksonville, Dunedin and The Villages.

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