Newt Gingrich stops at the World Ag Expo in Tulare

TULARE COUNTY, Calif.

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A new CNN-ORC poll released Tuesday found that nationwide; Rick Santorum has a slight lead over Mitt Romney with support from 34 percent of likely voters.

Newt Gingrich is far behind in last place with only 15 percent of voters supporting him. And things aren't much better for the former speaker in our exclusive Action News poll conducted by SurveyUSA. Only 17-percent of California republican voters support him, with Romney and Santorum neck-and-neck in the low thirties.

Former house speaker, Newt Gingrich started his day with a tour of the World Ag Expo in Tulare. Tuesday night, he visited a Northwest Fresno home, where couples paid between one-thousand and 25-hundred dollars to take pictures, shake hands and hear him speak.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich gave our cameras a quick wave Tuesday night, as he and his wife entered a fundraising event at this Northwest Fresno home. About fifty people attended. Inside, Gingrich reportedly told the crowd his plans to get the country back in order.

Michael Rivera said, "He understands where the country has been, where we are now, and he has a clear vision of where we should go in the future."

Craig Demanty said, "He's been there, he has the experience to do it, and he can get it done."

But, doing so may be easier said than done. New polls show Gingrich in fourth place.

During a stop at the World Ag Expo in Tulare Tuesday afternoon, Action News asked him what he'd say to people counting him out of the race: "What would you say to the people counting you out?"

Newt Gingrich said, "Well they did it twice before and both times I came back and led the national poll."

Gingrich isn't the first high-profile politician to visit the World Ag Expo. George W. Bush will be there Wednesday night. Rudy Giuliani made the trip back in 2007.

Action News political analyst Tony Capozzi says the annual event is the perfect place for candidates like Gingrich, despite what poll numbers show.

Tony Capozzi said, "It's not that candidates run out of ideas, they run out of money. And that's why they get out these races. He needs to raise money and that's why he's here."

Fundraising aside, Gingrich had another goal during his trip to the Valley, celebrating Valentine's Day with his wife.

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