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Newt Gingrich to visit JCJC on Friday, other candidates to visit state

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Newt Gingrich will be at Jones County Junior College Friday at noon, and he is not the only presidential candidate placing attention on the magnolia state.

Before his stop Friday, Gingrich will make stops by the Hilton in Jackson and the State Capitol Thursday morning. U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have plans to attend rallies in the state.

Santorum will make an appearance at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Other stops for Santorum will be Meridian, Gulfport, and Biloxi.

Current Republican front-runner Mitt Romney plans to be in Jackson Friday, but a time and venue have not been set.

Associate Professor of Political Science at The University of Southern Mississippi Mark Wrighton says the appearance from the candidates has everything to do with the 40 delegates the state has to offer up.

"Republicans in the past have used the winner-take-all system, in which the winner of the primary regardless of how big of a percentage they get would get all the states delegates," said Wrighton. "This time, many of the states are dishing out their delegates on the basis of the proportion of the vote that each candidate has gotten, and so that lengthens the process because even if you come in second or third you are still likely to get some delegates from that state."

In 2008, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made stops in the state. President Bill Clinton also appeared at JCJC in 2008 in support of his wife.

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