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Santorum to stump in PR this week

By CB Online Staff

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will campaign in Puerto Rico this week ahead of the island’s GOP primary next Sunday.

The former Pennsylvania senator will arrive in Puerto Rico on Wednesday and will meet with Gov. Luis Fortuño at La Fortaleza. After a press conference, Santorum will visit the Veterans Hospital in Río Piedras.

Santorum and the governor worked together in Congress when Fortuño served as resident commissioner and are friends. Still, the governor has endorsed the presidential bid by Mitt Romney, the front-runner who is also scheduled to stump in Puerto Rico this week.

Santorum will meet with religious leaders, including Jorge Raschke, and visit the Sendero de la Cruz Church in Hato Rey on Wednesday night.

He will meet with local union leaders on Thursday and then end his Puerto Rico campaign swing with a walking tour through Old San Juan.

Santorum’s campaign committee in Puerto Rico is headed by Sports & Recreation Secretary Henry Neumann and Rev. Aníbal Heredia, the former head of La Fortaleza’s Faith-Based Organizations Office.

There are 20 pledged delegates at stake in Puerto Rico’s GOP primary this Sunday. The island GOP has another three unpledged superdelegates.

It will take 1,144 delegates to win the GOP nomination. According to a count by The Associated Press, Romney has 454 delegates and Santorum has 217, compared with 107 for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 47 for Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Kathy Gingrich, the former Georgia representative’s youngest daughter, is reportedly coming to stump for her father in Puerto Rico on Thursday and Friday.

Romney won the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands this weekend.

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