NAPLES — On the heels of a poll that puts him in first place, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is headed back to Collier County this coming week.
A campaign rally is scheduled for the Cambier Park band shell in Naples on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. in support of the Republican candidate. The Florida primary is a week later, Jan. 31.
He last made public appearances in the area with a town hall meeting and book-signing in North Naples in late November.
Republicans who cast ballots for Gingrich during early voting in Collier last week said recent, unflattering comments about the candidate's personal life by his ex-wife did not sway their choice.
Gingrich won the South Carolina GOP primary Saturday.
A poll released by American Research Group, conducted Thursday and Friday, had showed Gingrich with 40 percent of votes in early South Carolina primary voting, placing him ahead of Mitt Romney, who garnered 26 percent.
The previous week, the same New Hampshire-based polling firm showed a closer race, with Gingrich at 33 percent and Romney at 32 percent.