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GOP race's approaching lull will test Gingrich

By Charles Babington

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 30 2012 3:01 p.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives for a campaign stop, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.

Matt Rourke, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The rapid-fire GOP presidential primary is about to ease into a slower pace and a more spread-out map. The shift will pose new challenges for Newt Gingrich.

February's only televised debate is three weeks away. Some primaries or caucuses will be in states with significant Mormon presences. Also voting in February is Michigan. Mitt Romney's father was governor there.

Campaigning in several states is costly.

All these factors would seem to play to Romney's advantage.

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