Mitt Romney to hold public event in Bellevue

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is staying an extra day in Washington state, holding a public event Friday morning.

Romney is in Bellevue Thursday night for a fundraiser, and then will hold a "meet-and-greet" in the city the next morning at the Highland Community Center. His visit comes in advance of the state's Republican caucuses on Saturday.

The former Massachusetts governor is in a crowded primary race with Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. All have now visited the state, and Santorum and Paul are back for a second visit this week in advance of the caucuses.