Three of the four GOP White House hopefuls are out west today, campaigning in a trio of states that don’t hold Super Tuesday contests but nonetheless play key roles in the delegate race.
Mitt Romney is holding an evening rally in Mesa, Ariz., ahead of the Feb. 28 primary there. Four years ago, Romney lost the state to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who took 47 percent to Romney’s 35 percent. But this time around, the Romney camp is confident about the state, which awards 29 delegates.
Newt Gingrich is campaigning Monday in California, holding events in South El Monte and Pasadena. The Golden State, which has 172 delegates, doesn’t hold its primary until June, which might make one wonder why Gingrich is spending time there now when the Super Tuesday races loom. (His camp is likely smarting over a National Review editorial out Monday morning urging Gingrich to step aside to make way for a Romney- Rick Santorum contest.)
Santorum, who on Sunday called Romney’s attacks on his record “desperate,” is spending the day out in Tacoma, Wash. He plans an evening rally in the state, which holds its caucuses on March 3 and awards 43 delegates.
A closer look at Monday on the trail (Courtesy of candidate schedules and the PBS NewsHour Political Calendar; all times Eastern):
6 p.m.: Newt Gingrich holds a campaign event in South El Monte, Calif.
7:45 p.m.: Mitt Romney holds a rally in Mesa, Ariz.
8 p.m.: Newt Gingrich holds an event in Pasadena, Calif.
10 p.m.: Rick Santorum holds a rally in Tacoma, Wash.