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Gingrich Visits Raleigh Ahead Of GOP Primary

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With his presidential campaign ailing, Newt Gingrich is hoping for a boost from North Carolina.

The former speaker of the U.S. House is to make two campaign stops in Raleigh on Monday, meeting with Republican and independent black voters and having lunch at a restaurant.

The visit comes a day after Gingrich said his campaign has nearly $4.5 million in debt and that he expects rival Mitt Romney to win the GOP nomination. Gingrich says he’s staying in the race to influence the party’s platform.

Gingrich was briefly the frontrunner after his surprise Jan. 21 victory in the South Carolina primary, but he has been a distant third since then, trailing Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The North Carolina primary is May 8.

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