Crowd awaits Gingrich campaign stop in Kennewick



KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A crowd is slowly building at a Kennewick hotel for a campaign appearance by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

The former House speaker and his wife, Callista, will be at rallies in Kennewick and Spokane Thursday, and will cross the border into Idaho for a Coeur d’Alene rally Thursday night.

As more people filed in, the waiting crowd sang “God Bless America.”

Gingrich is in a crowded primary race with Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul. Santorum and Paul have both visited the state, and Romney is scheduled to visit on March 1, in advance of Washington state’s nonbinding straw poll caucus on March 3.

Gingrich will be in western Washington on Friday.