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Mitt set to arrive Friday for fundraiser, Olympic anniversary celebrations

Published: Thursday, Feb. 16 2012 10:31 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to arrive in Utah today to raise money and, on Saturday, celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Games.

Romney is holding a fundraiser at the Little America Hotel Friday evening that costs $1,000 a person — or $2,500 for VIP access to the candidate. A similar event is scheduled earlier in the day in Boise.

On Saturday, Romney will have breakfast at a private home with some of his top contributors from Utah and surrounding states, a source said, before turning his attention to the state's Olympic anniversary.

He's expected to attend a private reunion of Salt Lake Organizing Committee employees on Saturday afternoon and then deliver a speech at a special "Stars on Ice" show at EnergySolutions Arena.

Romney reportedly had planned on staying in Utah through Sunday to attend LDS Church services and spend time with the only one of his five sons who lives in the state, Josh, and his grandchildren here.

But with the Feb. 28 primary elections in Michigan and Arizona heating up and the Republican presidential primary's so-called "Super Tuesday" nearing, Romney could end up returning to the campaign trail sooner.

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