Presidential candidates visit Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - All three of the leading Republican presidential candidates have plans to visit Louisiana prior to the state's March 24 primary.

Rick Santorum will attend a rally and fundraiser at the Hilton in Lafayette Tuesday night (March 13). He will also speak Sunday night at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in East Baton Rouge Parish. The event at the church, located in Greenwell Springs, is set to begin at 6 p.m.

Newt Gingrich will attend a reception in his honor at the Baton Rouge home of former Louisiana State Representative Chuck McMains on March 22. An invitation to the reception shows attendees are being asked to pay $1,000 per person for the general reception or $5,000 per couple for a "host committee photo reception."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to make several appearances in the state prior to the primary. However, as of Monday afternoon, his campaign would not release specific details.

Ron Paul is not expected to make a stop in Louisiana before the primary, party officials said.

Alabama and Mississippi will hold presidential primaries Tuesday.

According to a CNN estimate, Romney has 458 delegates, compared with 203 for Santorum, 118 for Gingrich and 66 for Paul. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to shore up the Republican nomination to face President Barack Obama in November.

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