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GOP candidate Gingrich to raise money in Virginia

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 7:54am  ET

ARLINGTON, Va. - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be in Richmond to raise money for his campaign.

Thursday's breakfast fundraiser at a Richmond-area hotel comes a day after a Quinnipiac poll shows Gingrich with a slight edge over Mitt Romney for the party's presidential nomination. The poll showed Gingrich is favored by 30 percent and Romney by 25 percent. A Quinnipiac poll in October showed Gingrich with just 7 percent.

Gov. Bob McDonnell and state party chairman Pat Mullins will join Gingrich at the fundraiser.

Virginia will hold its primary March 6. Candidates have until Dec. 22 to collect 10,000 signatures from across the state and another 400 from each congressional district to get on the ballot.


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