Ron Paul to visit Minnesota in advance of Feb. 7 caucuses
February 2, 2012 — 11:08am
Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul will visit Minnesota twice -- on Saturday and Monday -- in advance of the state's Tuesday caucuses.
He is the latest hopeful to give the state some attention as the candidates vie for momentum coming out of the caucuses' straw poll. Rick Santorum stopped in southern Minnesota on Monday and Mitt Romney rallied in Eagan on Wednesday.
Paul, who has been organizing for the caucuses for weeks and is running ads in the state, will hold town hall meetings in Rochester and Chanhassen and rally at Bethel University on Saturday and return to Minnesota again on Monday for rallies in St. Cloud and Minneapolis.
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