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Preparations underway for Gingrich campaign visits

WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- More political buzz for the Tennessee Valley as another presidential candidate is making a stop here Tuesday. Republican candidate Newt Gingrich will make an appearance in Chattanooga and Dalton.

Just a week before Super Tuesday, Gingrich is holding a rally as he tries to drum up support for his campaign.

In the meantime, preparations are underway for his big appearance.

Over the weekend the Gingrich campaign set up shop in a local campaign office off Lee Highway in Chattanooga.

"We've been calling local people and the biggest thing we've been working on is we have early voting going on right now and so to encourage people to go out there and take advantage of this early voting," says Charles Harvey with the Gingrich campaign.

Harvey came down from the D.C. office to help. Armed with signs, buttons and volunteers, they are doing their best to garner support.

"This has been a roller coaster of a ride and it's going to be a roller coaster ride between now and the convention in Tampa," he says.

Gingrich plans on stopping in Chattanooga first for a fundraising event, then making his way to the convention center in Dalton for a rally.

"Usually these things are last minute," says Shashank Gairola.

Gairola is the General Manager for the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.

He says he has been working closely with the Gingrich campaign to iron out the final details.

"Basically been in talks with their production team in regards to the set up that they need, stage sizes and items that the press might need," says Gairola.

Security is going to be very tight for the event. He says he expects security to come in and sweep the building Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

"Well I think it's good. I think the candidates need to expose themselves to the people. I think it's great," says Larry Pratt of Dalton.

For many Daltonians, the campaign stop is welcomed.

"I think the Republican slate is a bit fascinating," says Linda Pettigrew.

For undecided voters like Pettigrew, she looks forward to what Gingrich has to say.

"I think it's a good thing that he's found Dalton and he's coming," she says.

The fund raising event will be held Tuesday morning at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.

The rally at the Dalton convention center, which is open to the public, kicks off at 11 o'clock.

The center is prepping for a crowd of 500 plus.

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