Santorum, Gingrich confirm Tupelo stops

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will stop in Tupelo on Wednesday, the day before fellow candidate Newt Gingrich makes his own appearance.
Gingrich has changed the venue and time of his Thursday visit. He’ll be in the city from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Tupelo Furniture Market, Building 5. Initial plans were for Gingrich to speak in Fairpark downtown.
It’s unlikely that front runner Mitt Romney will head to this part of the state, said Tupelo Republican John Oxford, who has been in contact with the campaign.
Santorum will come to Tupelo at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday for an appearance at Hawkeye Industries on Eason Boulevard, said Terry Hutcheston, the campaign’s Mississippi grassroots coordinator.
“It’s open to the public, but we’re not really pushing it,” she said. “I don’t think there will be much of a capacity. He wanted to focus on his message.”
Hawkeye Industries fabricates and supplies custom, fabricated sheet metal, according to the company’s website.
The three candidates, along with Ron Paul, are vying for the GOP presidential nomination and will be on the ballot in Mississippi’s March 13 primary election. In addition to their Tupelo visits, Santorum and Gingrich will make several campaign stops elsewhere in the state over the next few days.
The Mississippi vote will come on the heels of today’s Super Tuesday balloting in 10 states, with one-third of the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination at stake.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com