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Supporters crowd hotel to see Gingrich

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --Thursday's Newt Gingrich rally drew about 600 people.

That number is about half of what Ron Paul's rally got when he was in Richland last week. Despite a smaller crowd, people were still excited to see the former house speaker and his wife.

Several topics were popular for the crowd including the elimination of President Obama's health care law and criticizing opponent Mitt Romney for being too much of a moderate.

Several people at the rally were impressed with what they saw, "I think it's great they come to the Tri-Cities and I was very much impressed with Newt," says Albert Schilling, a Gingrich supporter.

First time voter Lindsay Walker was also pleased with what she heard, "I just want to come here and hear what he has to say, and I really liked it."

After the rally, Gingrich went to Spokane to continue to try to gain more support in the state before the March 3rd caucus.