Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Today on the trail: Newt Gingrich returns to Georgia; Idaho gets love from Mitt Romney, Ron Paul

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) makes a campaign-trail return to his home state today, holding two events this evening in the Peach State ahead of its Super Tuesday primary.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
The trip comes one week after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) made a Georgia visit of his own. It also comes as Gingrich is struggling to stay relevant in the GOP presidential race.

Gingrich’s main rival for the non-Romney vote, former senator Rick Santorum (R-Ga.), is planning a visit to Georgia this weekend. In the meantime, Santorum is spending his Friday in two other big states – Michigan (where polls show him in a competitive race against Romney) and Ohio (where we’ll catch up with him later today).

Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) are spending the day in Idaho – a state that got little love from the candidates four years ago when its primary took place in May, but that this year is seeing a flurry of visits thanks to its Super Tuesday caucus.

Here’s a closer look at today on the trail (Courtesy of candidate schedules and the PBS NewsHour Political Calendar; all times Eastern):

8:15 a.m.: Ann Romney attends the Genesee County Republican Party Breakfast in Flint, Mich.

11:15 a.m.: Rick Santorum attends a rally in Shelby Township, Mich.

3 p.m.: Ron Paul holds a town hall in Richland, Wash.

3:45 p.m.: Mitt Romney holds a campaign event in Boise, Idaho.

6 p.m.: Rick Santorum addresses the Warren County Lincoln Day Dinner in Mason, Ohio.

6:30 p.m.:Newt Gingrich holds a VIP donor reception in Peachtree City, Ga.

7 p.m.: Ron Paul holds a rally in Moscow, Idaho.

7:30 p.m.: Newt Gingrich holds a rally in Peachtree City, Ga.

8 p.m.: Rick Santorum addresses the Brown County Lincoln Day Dinner in Georgetown, Ohio.

10:30 p.m.: Ron Paul holds a rally in Spokane, Wash.

By  |  09:53 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Tags:  presidential election, super tuesday, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum

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