The weekend sprint toward Super Tuesday begins today in Ohio with visits from front-running Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Romney will be joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one of his most visible supporters, at a public rally this
evening at Cleveland State University. The 7 p.m. event will be at the Cole Center on Chester Avenue.

Santorum has a 1 p.m. rally scheduled at Chillicothe High School. And while Romney and Christie are campaigning at CSU, Santorum will be in nearby Eastlake, headlining the Lake County GOP’s sold-out Lincoln Day Dinner.

Recent polls have shown Santorum leading Romney, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul in Ohio, a coveted primary prize that awards 66 delegates Tuesday — a day when 10 states hold nominating contests. Paul, focused mainly on western state caucuses, is the only one who has yet to schedule a Buckeye State appearance.

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