Newt Gingrich to tip a few at Rookies in Overland Park Friday night (Update)

Update: Sadly, news came today that watching basketball at Rookie’s will be politics-free on Friday. Gingrich has canceled his scheduled campaign trip to Kansas in order to focus on Alabama and Mississippi. He won his home state of Georgia in last night’s Super Tuesday primary-fest.

Original post: Ahead of Kansas’ caucuses on Saturday, GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has announced plans to spend Friday stumping in KCK, Topeka and Wichita. And his campaign announced this afternoon one additional stop: a short part of Friday evening watching the Big 12 Tournament at Rookie’s Sports Grille in Overland Park (14893 Metcalf). His wife, Callista, is also slated to appear at the space that used to be Coach’s.

KMBC Channel 9’s Micheal Mahoney reports that a few of TVs will be tuned to teams Gingrich is likely more acquainted with in the SEC and ACC tournaments. Since neither of his alma maters (Emory University and Tulane) are in these three conferences, presumably Gingrich will pander to the locals and root for KU.

Fellow GOP candidate Rick Santorum is also planning campaign events in Kansas this week. But, as the Star pointed out earlier today, Santorum is a little geographically challenged. His event Wednesday is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. at Harvest Graphics in Lenexa. But his campaign website initially said the event was in KCK. It’s since been fixed.

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