Santorum to campaign in Tacoma on Monday

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is holding an event in Tacoma next week.

State GOP spokesman Josh Amato says Santorum's visit will take place on Monday evening. That will make the first major presidential campaign gathering in Washington this year. The state's caucuses on March 3 will begin the process of assigning the state's 43 delegates.

Santorum's visit will coincide with Gov. Chris Gregoire's plan to sign the state's gay marriage bill into law. The Pennsylvania senator has built strength in the Republican campaign in part based on his conservative stance on social issues, including opposition to gay marriage.

Maine, Arizona and Michigan are first on the nominating calendar before Washington's caucuses.