Debate will put spotlight on Arizona in GOP race

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Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — Michigan is getting more attention from Republican presidential contenders than Arizona though both states share a Feb. 28 primary date.

But that changes Wednesday, at least for a day.

That's when Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appear together on a stage in a Phoenix suburb for a CNN debate. The debate will put the spotlight on Arizona.

Of the four major GOP contenders, only Romney so far has campaigned in Arizona in recent weeks.

For the most part, Michigan has received more attention, particularly from Romney and Santorum as they battled for delegates.

Romney is thought to have an advantage in Arizona partly because the state is home to many Mormons. He's also got by far the most endorsements from prominent politicians.

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