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Big Three GOP Presidential Candidates to Attend Saturday Event in Waukesha

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will appear at same religious-based event to woo county's conservative voters.

Three Republican presidential candidates are confirmed to appear at a Wisconsin primary kickoff event at the in Waukesha on Saturday.

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will attend the event sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition that is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. Ron Paul has also been invited to the event, along with Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and others.

Details on the event are still being worked out, according to organizers, and it's unknown whether the three presidential candidates will appear on the same stage together or make separate speeches.

The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

Waukesha County could be a key part in the close primary race to select the candidate who will take on President Barack Obama in the fall. 

“The primary is playing a significant role more than it ever has,” said Jesse Garza, Wisconsin director of operations for the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Waukesha County is being targeted, according to Garza, because of its high concentration of conservative voters and election turnout history. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, 71 percent of the ballots cast were for Walker, the Republican candidate.

Another sign of the importance of Waukesha County is that Santorum on Friday opened his .

Saturday’s event is “the last pitch for candidates in the area,” Garza said. “It is the reason why there is so much focus in that area (of the state)."

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) said the impact of Waukesha County is going to be “pretty substantial” on the presidential primary election because of its high concentration of conservative voters.

“It will really send a strong message to the state and the rest of the country on who is going to be the candidate for the Republicans against President Obama,” he said.

Johnny Blade March 30, 2012 at 04:54 PM
When does a baby get thier RIGHTS i wonder .... Hmmm a proven bigot, you mean Dr Paul ... who helped a mixed race couple when they were pregnant cuz no one else would .. for free ... You seem very bigoted .. but i guess that is how you live with yourself
Johnny Blade March 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Oh you mean FREE birth control ... where is my free stuff?? ..
Johnny Blade March 30, 2012 at 04:58 PM
We need to take the money out of politics .. these people have to much power over us and that is the problem ... you won't get rid of the dirty money till you reduce thier power over us ... we need limits on thier power, we need to go back to the constitution ... but people will whine and sell out for free stuff
bob March 31, 2012 at 11:22 AM
tom barret to run a 3rd time... yikes guy cant take a hint
bob March 31, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Jon T Pokrat...... what is your partisan take on repairing sewers and fixing roads? I say tighten down on the unions..... or send the work out to non union but equipted to do the work we all have seen most county or union companies with 1 man working 4 watching...... our country like a froze computer it needs to reboot.... PEOPLE REALLY TAKE A STEP BACK... look how it has changed due to greed envy hate look what we have lost and if it countinues we will lose more

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