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With the primaries in Arizona and Michigan history, the focus on the race to capture the Republican presidential nomination turns to Washington, and its position could be crucial. That’s because it’s the final chance for candidates to get momentum before the all-important Super Tuesday showdown in 10 states, including Idaho, on Tuesday.
Mitt Romney coasted to victory in the Arizona primary Tuesday night and vied with rival Rick Santorum for supremacy in Michigan in a Republican presidential race as unsettled as the day it began.
The latest GOP presidential candidate to book an event in Spokane arguably has had the most impact on local and state politics: Newt Gingrich. The former Georgia congressman has a rally at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane. It’s open to the public with no entry fee, a campaign spokesman said.
With presidential candidates making their quadrennial stops in the Inland Northwest ahead of the caucuses, Republican voters might be wondering how to pick among the four remaining candidates. After all, none of the four has very strong connections to the region, or has spent much time in the area when not on the campaign trail. And some haven’t made even so much as a pit stop here yet.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul may not have won a state primary yet, but he remains a favorite to win Spokane County. A standing-room-only crowd of about 2,300 shouted their support for Paul during his 45-minute speech Friday evening at the Spokane Convention Center.
Like many presidential election years, the Inland Northwest is becoming a stop on the campaign trail as the Washington and Idaho caucuses approach. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will be in Spokane Friday for a 7:30 p.m. rally at the Spokane Convention Center. His visit follows by just three days a stop in Coeur d’Alene by GOP rival Rick Santorum.
Rick Santorum on Tuesday became the first presidential candidate to visit the Inland Northwest, just as national polls showed him at the top of the Republican field. In response to questions from reporters after a speech, Santorum downplayed the polls, noting that he had de-emphasized the same polls in recent weeks when they showed him behind.
A local film director says he’s ready for a career change. Rich Cowan, president and CEO of North by Northwest, a Spokane-based film production company, said Friday that he’s decided to run for Congress this year against U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane.
The likely Democratic nominee for Washington governor spent much of a campaign speech Monday unveiling his job creation plan calling for a “culture change” in Olympia. Jay Inslee, a Democratic congressman from Bainbridge Island, said he would focus the state’s job creation efforts on six “key industry clusters” – aerospace, life sciences, military, agriculture, information technology and clean-energy technology.
Jay Inslee, a Democratic candidate for governor, said he would focus the state’s job creation efforts on six “key industry clusters” – aerospace, life sciences, military, agriculture, information technology and clean energy technology.